Hours after he played in Detroit with his main band, Soundgarden, emergency services personnel rushed to his room at the MGM Grand hotel after being alerted by his family, a police spokesman said.
"The Medical Examiner has completed the autopsy on 52-year-old Chris Cornell, the Soundgarden musician who died last night in Detroit", the Medical Examiner's Office said in a statement. This friend then found Cornell unresponsive on the apartment's bathroom floor with a band around his neck and dialled 911 accordingly.
After Soundgarden and Audioslave singer Chris Cornell's death was announced yesterday, attention has turned to footage uploaded to YouTube of his final performance in Detroit.
- josh groban (@joshgroban) May 18, 2017SO SO stunned to hear about Chris Cornell!
In addition to his music, Cornell also became involved in philanthropy and started the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation to support children facing challenges, including homelessness, poverty, abuse and neglect.
Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple and Black Sabbath tweeted: "So very, very sad that we lost another beautifully gifted human today".
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A bench near the center of the sculpture was covered with flower arrangements, one of which included a note, "Say "hello" to Heaven", a reference to a song written by Cornell for a musician friend who died decades ago.
He said in a statement to the Press Association that he could not process news of his death.
Chris Cornell with Soundgarden at Soundwave 2015.
With his powerful, almost four-octave range, Cornell was one of the leading voices of the 1990s Seattle grunge movement, along with the likes of Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains.
Cornell has had publicized problems with drugs and alcohol throughout his career. The band signed to Sub Pop in 1987 and would go on to release a series of albums that shaped the massive grunge movement of the early '90s. Soundgarden reunited in 2012. The band would break up at the beginning of 1997, but by 2001, Cornell would link up with Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk of Rage Against The Machine to begin his next chapter heading Audioslave in supergroup formation.