The voice of Soundgarden and Audioslave Chris Cornell, dead at 52
The Telegraph — According to his representative, rocker Chris Cornell, who gained fame as the lead singer of Soundgarden and later Audioslave, has died at age 52.
In a statement to The Associated Press, Brian Bumbery says Cornell died Wednesday night in Detroit.
Bumbery called the death “sudden and unexpected” and said his wife and family were shocked by it. The statement said the family would be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause and asked for privacy.
The above courtesy of The Associated Press via The Telegraph
It appears the singer’s official twitter had posted a tweet as recent as mid afternoon on May 17th promoting the Detroit show.
By all accounts, the show happened as scheduled with no problems.
Below is a tweet from the Fox Theatre’s official twitter with photos from last night’s Soundgarden show which was sold out.
The following quote from Cornell about beating his addictions was found on wikipedia: When asked how Cornell beat all his addictions he stated, “It was a long period of coming to the realization that this way (sober) is better. Going through rehab, honestly, did help…it got me away from just the daily drudgery of depression and either trying to not drink or do drugs or doing them and you know, they give you such a simple message that any idiot can get and it’s just over and over, but the bottom line is really, and this is the part that is scary for everyone, the individual kinda has to want it…not kinda, you have to want it and to not do that crap anymore or you will never stop and it will just kill you.”
Of all the most influential grunge bands, the only singer still alive is Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam. Andrew Wood of Mother Love Bone died March 19th 1990. Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain died April 5th 1994. Layne Staley of Alice in Chains died April 5th 2002. Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots died December 3rd 2015 and Chris Cornell of Soundgarden has now died May 18th 2017.