Chris Cornell, who tapped on his four-octave range to rock fans as the lead singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave, has died at age 52.
The Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office has ruled the death of musician Chris Cornell as a suicide, saying he was hanged. He was found dead in his hotel room in Detroit Thursday.
The statement said the family would be working with a medical examiner to determine the cause of death and requested privacy. Soundgarden's current tour kicked off in late April and was planned to run through May 27.
The Mariners announced they'll honor Seattle's native son throughout Thursday night's game against the White Sox at Safeco Field by playing the music of Soundgarden as well as Cornell's later groups, including Audioslave and Temple of the Dog. It included hit singles "Spoonman", "Fell on Black Days", "Black Hole Sun", "My Wave" and "The Day I Tried to Live".
"To create the intimacy of an acoustic performance there needed to be real stories. They need to be kind of real and they need to have a beginning, middle and an end", Cornell said of songwriting in a 2015 interview with The Associated Press. Among the big four of the Seattle grunge scene (Kurt Cobain, Layne Staley, and Eddie Vedder being the other three), he alone was the one who always seemed to be having a blast, from drinking the bile juice generated by the Jim Rose Circus Sideshow at Lollapalooza to cavalierly mashing up U2 and Metallica and somehow creating something handsome...
Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page tweeted: "RIP Chris Cornell".
"A family friend went to go check on him and observed him on the bathroom floor".
"What I look forward to the most - because I tour so much, especially the last couple of years, by myself - is the camaraderie".
"That was the toughest time in my life", he told Rolling Stone.
Soundgarden were the first grunge band to sign on to a major label (A&M in 1988), opening the gate for Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice In Chains to storm the music world with songs that focused on identity and social issues.
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"There's something about Seattle, it's always been a hard rock town, too". And tomorrow, they'll be paying tribute to the beloved Seattle musician all day long for their annual "Six Degrees" day of programming-featuring a full day of "on-the-fly" music curation by KEXP on-air hosts John Richards, Cheryl Waters, and Kevin Cole.
"I don't even know what to say".
At the band's highest point of popularity in the mid-1990s, the band's well-known and arguably their most defining album "Superunknown" earned a Billboard No. 1 debut and a Grammy nomination for best rock record (rightfully so).
The group, formed with guitarist Kim Thayil and bassist Hiro Yamamoto, broke up in 1997.
Audioslave released three albums before disbanding in 2007, as well.
He reunited with Soundgarden in 2010 and they released a sixth studio album, King Animal, two years later.
His first solo album, 1999's "Euphoria Morning", was a dark album that was initially supposed to be titled "Euphoria Mourning". The darkness I knew. If we are not leading a happy productive life, we are leading probably an unhappy non-productive life. "A great singer, songwriter and the loveliest man".
The station played non-stop songs from Soundgarden, Cornell's other bands and his solo work, as well as artists who covered Cornell's material and those who were influenced by him.
- josh groban (@joshgroban) May 18, 2017SO SO stunned to hear about Chris Cornell!
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