R.I.P. Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell, Dead at 52

Died Last Night in Detroit

May 18, 2017
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As the Associated Press and various news outlets are reporting, Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell passed away last night in Detroit after the band's show. He was only 52. Cornell was found unresponsive in his hotel room at the MGM Grand Detroit last night. His publicist Brian Bumberry called the death "sudden and unexpected." No cause of death has been given, but according to the Associated Press Detroit police spokesman Michael Woody the police are investigating the death as a possible suicide.

Soundgarden formed in 1984 and were one of the three main pillars of the early 1990s Grunge movement in Seattle. Fueled by the Grammy winning hit singles "Black Hole Sun" and "Spoonman," 1994's Superunknown brought the band much commercial and critical success. The band broke up in 1997, but reunited in 2010. In between, starting in 2002, Cornell joined with some of the members of Rage Against the Machine to form Audioslave and released three albums with them. Below is the video for "Black Hole Sun." Also below, via Stereogum, is fan footage of the last song Soundgarden performed in Detroit last night, "Slaves and Bulldozers."

 

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