Medical examiner confirms media speculation on Chris Cornell's cause of death

Ruben Ruiz
May 19, 2017

Chris Cornell, the unmistakable voice and frontman of the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, died overnight in Detroit at the age of 52.

Medical experts try to establish the causes of death. A full autopsy has not been completed yet. "There is no additional information at this time". This friend broke into his room to find the man on the floor with a band around his neck, according to The Seattle Times.

A family friend who spoke with her on Thursday morning told TMZ.com Vicky had chatted with her husband during soundcheck before he took the stage in Detroit, Michigan and after Wednesday night's show, and she insisted her husband was in no way suicidal.

Brian Bumbery, a representative for Cornell, confirmed the rocker's death to the Associated Press, calling it "sudden and unexpected".

Cornell was found dead in the bathroom of his room at the MGM Grand Detroit hotel, after Cornell's wife asked a family friend to check up on him. "They would like to thank his fans for their continuous love and loyalty and ask that privacy be respected at this time".

Cornell was active on social media hours before his passing, posting lyrics to the Soundgarden song, "By Crooked Steps:" "I'm the shape of the hole Inside your heart", on Instagram.

According to Newsweek, Soundgarden was a little more than a week away from completing their ongoing North American tour and had a scheduled performance Friday night in Columbus, Ohio.

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"RIP Chris Cornell. Incredibly Talented".

The Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office has ruled the death of musician Chris Cornell as a suicide, saying he was hanged.

Soundgarden was one of the leading bands in the grunge music movement in the 1980s and '90s, releasing albums such as "Badmotorfinger" and the Grammy-winning "Superunknown", which brought the band mainstream success.

Chris Cornell gained fame as the lead singer to the grunge band Soundgarden and later with Audioslave.

He reunited with Soundgarden in 2010 and they released a sixth studio album, King Animal, two years later.

Cornell had been touring with Soundgarden, and was tweeting upbeat messages about a sold-out concert the band played in Detroit just hours before his death.

Cornell also released solo albums, and Nielsen Music said as a band member and solo act, the singer sold nearly 15 million albums and 8.8 million digital songs in the U.S.

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