NYTimes Chris Cornell, the powerful, dynamic singer whose band Soundgarden was one of the architects of grunge music, has died at 52. Mr. Cornell died Wednesday night in Detroit, said his representative, Brian Bumbery, in a statement that called the death “sudden and unexpected” and that said the singer’s family would be “working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause.” Mr. Cornell was born in 1964 in Seattle and helped form Soundgarden 20 years later. The then-fledgling record label Sub Pop released the group’s first single, “Hunted Down,” in 1987, as well as two subsequent EPs. The group’s debut album, “Ultramega OK,” came a year later. “Badmotorfinger,” released in 1991, benefited from the swell of attention that was beginning to surround the Seattle scene, where Soundgarden, along with Nirvana and Pearl Jam, were playing a high-octane, high-angst brand of rock ’n’ roll. Three of the band’s studio albums have been certified platinum, including “Superunknown,” from 1994, which featured “Black Hole Sun,” “Fell on Black Days,” “Spoonman” and “My Wave.” Soundgarden — which includes the guitarist Kim Thayil, the bassist Ben Shepherd and the drummer Matt Cameron — disbanded in 1997, but it reunited in 2010 and performed regularly since then. In a review of the band’s 2011 concert at the Prudential Center in Newark, The New York Times chief pop critic Jon Pareles called Soundgarden “one reunited band that can pick up right where it left off.” The group played at the Fox Theater in Detroit on Wednesday night, and it was set to perform in Columbus, Ohio, on Friday at the Rock on the Range festival. Mr. Cornell appeared to be active on social media in the hours before his death. A post on his Twitter account on Wednesday announced that the group had arrived in Detroit, and a clip of the group’s 2012 release “By Crooked Steps” was posted to his official Facebook page hours before his death. Mr. Cornell had admitted in interviews to struggling with drug use throughout his life. In a 1994 Rolling Stone article, he described himself as a “daily drug user at 13,” who had quit by the time he turned 14.
In just shocking news this morning, one of the greatest lead singers over the last 30 years Chris Cornell has passed away at the far too young age of 52, and his death is being called sudden and unexpected. Chris Cornell is one of my personal favorite frontmen of all time, I was a huge Soundgarden fan, loved Temple Of The Dog, was obsessed with Audioslave so I am shocked reading these articles this morning. When another of my favorite lead singers Scott Weiland died in 2015, it was sad but unexpected, he died doing what he loved. Lots and lots of drugs. However Chris Cornell did not have drug abuse problems, at least not publicly, which makes his death so surprising. Rest In Peace Chris Cornell, your voice will live on forever, singing some of the greatest rock songs of all time.
UPDATE: Chris Cornell’s death is being investigated as a possible suicide after a sold out Soundgarden show in Detroit.