American musician, singer and songwriter Chris Cornell was found dead on Wednesday night in a hotel room after his performance at Detroit’s Fox Theatre. Police is investigating as a suicide. He was 52. His wife Vicky Karayiannis and other family members are learned through a press statement to be shocked and to work closely with medical examiner to find the cause of death.
Chris Cornell was born on 20 July 1964 as Christopher John Boyle in Seattle, Washington, In 1984 he formed rock band Soundgarden, originally on drums and vocals, with guitarist Kim Thayil and bassist Hiro Yamamoto. He left the group three years later and joined Audioslave in 2001. However, he reunited with his band in 2010.
He was one of the leading voices of the 1990s grunge movement with his rock band. He had powerful, nearly four-octave vocal range.
The vocalist was also involved in philanthropy and founded Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation to support those children who are facing challenges like poverty, abuse, homelessness and neglect.
The sudden death of Cornell has prompted scores of tweets and fans are expressing sadness.
“Very sad news about Chris Cornell today. A sad loss of a great talent to the world, his friends and family. Rest in Peace,” tweeted Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry.
Meanwhile, his autopsy is being conducted, said Wayne County spokesman Lisa Croff.
She added an official determination of the cause of death could be made official later today by the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s office.