Soundgarden’s singer Chris Cornell, found dead at age 52
American singer and guitarist Chris Cornell, who, along with the band Soundgarden, participated in the wave of so-called grunge rock, which became popular in the 1990s with the success of the Nirvana and Pearl Jam, was found dead by hanging in the bathroom of his room at the MGM Grand Detroit hotel in the night from Wednesday, May 17 to Thursday, May 18.
Cornell's representative Brian Bumbery called the death “sudden and unexpected”. The rock singer had earlier played a concert at the city's Fox Theatre in the evening.
Formed in 1984 by Cornell, guitarist Kim Thayil and bassist Hiro Yamamoto, Soundgarden became an international phenomenon, in the field of rock, with the release of his fourth album Superunknown and several singles that sold well, including rock ballad ‘Black Hole Sun’. The series of tours, the pressure of recognition, will, as often, damage the unity of the band, which separates in 1997 after the release of their fifth album ‘Down on the Upside’.
Cornell began a solo career, which was marked by the release of the Euphoria Morning record in 1999, before becoming the singer of Audioslave, formed in 2001 with three original members of Rage Against The Machine, guitarist Tom Morello, bass player Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk. Their first album, released in 2002 went triple platinum in the US, however, Audioslave disbanded in 2007.
Cornell and Soundgarden reunited in 2012 and released their sixth and last studio album, "King Animal" in 2012.
Cornell was also one of the most admired and respected contemporary lead singers in rock music, thanks to his charismatic energy onstage and his wide vocal range of 4 octaves.
One of the last songs he played on stage was Led Zeppelin’s classic ‘In My Time Of Dyin’.