Lead singer of the bands Soundgarden and later Audioslave ‘Chris Cornell’, has died at age 52, his representative in a statement to the Associated Press, said, Cornell died on Wednesday night in Detroit. Bumbery called the death “sudden and unexpected” and said his wife and family were shocked. The statement said the family would be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause, and asked for privacy.
Cornell was one of the leading voices of the 1990s grunge movement with Soundgarden, which emerged as one of the biggest bands out of Seattle’s emerging music scene, joining the likes of Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains. Cornell was still going strong as a musician, and performed a show in Detroit hours before he died. He was in the middle of a sold-out US tour, that was due to run to 27 May, with six dates left remaining.
He was last pictured by the press was a little over a month ago, at a screening of The Promise in New York with his two daughters. Cornell’s latest single, also called The Promise, had been written for the Christian Bale film.