Chris Cornell, an emblematic grunge rock singer whose sweeping voice masked lifelong struggles with drugs and depression, died after a concert in a possible suicide, police said Thursday. Police would not confirm the victim's identity to the New York Times, but said that a white man with the same birthday as Cornell was found in the room with a band around his neck.
Cornell performed with Soundgarden just hours before his death at Detroit's Fox Theatre on Wednesday night. Halfway through, they segued into a cover of Led Zeppelin's "In My Time of Dying". He says Cornell's wife called a family friend and asked him to check on Cornell.
Soundgarden reunited in 2010 and embarked on the current US tour in April.
The last song Cornell released, "The Promise", appeared in the 2017 movie of the same name starring Christian Bale.
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The Rocklahoma statement adds, "We are speechless to hear about the unexpected passing of Chris Cornell last night".
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Soundgarden formed in 1984 and began generating major attention on the music scene by the early 1990s.
Audioslave released three albums before disbanding in 2007, as well. In 2011, Cornell was ranked ninth on the Rolling Stone list of the best lead singers of all-time, selected by its readers.
Soundgarden had one of the heaviest sounds in grunge with trappings of heavy metal, even though Cornell cited The Beatles, to whom he listened constantly as a child, as his biggest influence. Cornell went on to play music on his own and with a new group called Audioslave.
Soundgarden reunited in 2010 and embarked on the current United States tour last month.
He'd spoken candidly in the past about his experiences of depression, telling Rolling Stone in 2015 that his first solo album, 1999's 'Euphoria Morning' (originally titled 'Euphoria Mourning'), was about a particularly hard time in his life.
Cornell also sang the theme song to James Bond pic Casino Royale and released five solo albums.