The frontman for Soundgarden died suddenly, under a suspicion that he had committed suicide just hours after performing in Detroit.
Chris Cornell, a key figure in the grunge rock movement as the banshee-voiced singer in the seminal Seattle band Soundgarden, was found dead early Thursday morning in Detroit after playing a show with the Grammy-winning group. He was 52.
Cornell’s death is being investigated as a possible suicide, Detroit police told The Washington Post, though a department spokeswoman cautioned that the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office had not yet determined the cause or manner of death.
“His wife Vicky and family were shocked to learn of his sudden and unexpected passing, and they will be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause,” Brian Bumbery, a publicist for Cornell, said in a statement. “They would like to thank his fans for their continuous love and loyalty and ask that their privacy be respected at this time.”
Cornell, on tour with his seminal Seattle band Soundgarden, was found dead in his hotel room in Detroit.