How Chris Cornell soared above the gloom of grunge

Ruben Ruiz
May 19, 2017

"It's really sad that he could never find peace in his life", said Chad White, who came to the art display with his young son Ignatius to honor Cornell.

Alice Cooper has joined those paying tribute to Chris Cornell in the wake of his tragic death - calling him "the best voice in rock and roll".

A family friend called 911 around midnight Thursday after he went to check on Cornell and found the musician "unresponsive" on the bathroom floor at the MGM Grand hotel, Detroit police spokesman Michael Woody said.

Cornell referenced death - and suicide - in 2007 interview with the AP when discussing his single, "No Such Thing". In 1984, he formed the band Soundgarden, which was influential in the grunge-rock movement of the early 1990s.

Ironically, Cornell sang a bit of Led Zeppelin's "In My Time of Dying" during the night's final song, "Slaves & Bulldozers".

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The rocker's wife, Vicky Karayiannis Cornell, and the rest of the family, "were shocked to learn of his sudden and unexpected passing", publicist Brian Bumbery said.

"The cause of death has been determined as suicide by hanging". "Detroit Rock City! It's great to be back here, honestly", Cornell said after the group started the show with "Ugly Truth".

In 2015, Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland died of an overdose on his tour bus.

Cornell, with little formal training, had one of the music world's most wide-ranging voices. A hit song from that album, "Black Hole Sun", won the Grammy that year for best hard rock performance and the song "Spoonman" won for best metal performance.

He eventually became a Grammy victor with Soundgarden, formed in 1984 and coming out of the rapidly growing Seattle music scene, which included Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains. "It was just time for a break", he said. He was also part of Temple of the Dog, a tribute band to friend and fellow Seattle singer Andrew Wood of Mother Love Bone, and fronted the band Audioslave with members of Rage Against the Machine. Woody repeated that police are investigating Cornell's death Wednesday night as a possible suicide, and that the investigation continues. Such a bad and sad loss! "It takes on a life of its own, and when you listen to it, it becomes your song".

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