Chris Cornell, solo artist and singer for Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple of the Dog, has died. He was 52.
“The cause of death has been determined as hanging by suicide,” an official statement reads from the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office. “A full autopsy report has not yet been completed. There is no additional information at this time.”
— Ron Terrell (@RonTerrell) May 18, 2017
Cornell had been in Detroit for a Soundgarden tour as part of an 18 city tour and had tweeted:
— Chris Cornell (@chriscornell) May 18, 2017
A representative reported that he had passed late Wednesday night and asked for privacy.
“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,” said the rep. “They would like to thank his fans for his continuous love and loyalty, and ask that their privacy be respected at this time.”
— CNN (@CNN) May 18, 2017
His encore was Led Zeppelin’s “In My Time of Dying,” woven into Slaves & Bulldozers
Musicians tweeted their thoughts:
Sad 2 hear of Chris Cornell passing..great singer and artist… another blow…RIP
— Billy Idol (@BillyIdol) May 18, 2017
RIP Chris Cornell
Incredibly Missed. pic.twitter.com/pKNI4tKiXz
— Jimmy Page (@JimmyPage) May 18, 2017
SO SO stunned to hear about Chris Cornell! Such a terrible and sad loss! Thinking of his family tonight! RIP
— Dave Navarro (@DaveNavarro) May 18, 2017
This is shocking and terribly sad news.Chris Cornell was not only an amazing musician but also a generous spirit that will be sorely missed. pic.twitter.com/sTcKKKqw0U
— Rush (@rushtheband) May 18, 2017
I didn't know you well, but I thank you for your kindness and your vast influence on me and so many others. Goodnight #ChrisCornell
— Brandon Boyd (@mybrandonboyd) May 18, 2017
— Ozzy Osbourne (@OzzyOsbourne) May 18, 2017
— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) May 18, 2017
Woke up to find out @chriscornell has died. 🙁 He was one of the great vocalists & songwriters of our time. His voice will live forever. RIP
— Dee Snider (@deesnider) May 18, 2017
The REAL DEAL – GOD BLESS CHRIS CORNELL 1964 / 2O17 – tBLSt SDMF pic.twitter.com/4AEeLPg9it
— Zakk Wylde (@ZakkWyldeBLS) May 18, 2017
— BlackSabbath (@BlackSabbath) May 18, 2017
Chris Cornell touched so many & we were fortunate to have worked w/ him. He was a true talent & gentleman. Our thoughts are with his family.
— Zac Brown Band (@zacbrownband) May 18, 2017
Dear Chris Cornell used to come to my parties n Hollywood n play quietly in th corner until all th woman were literally at his feet listenin
— Val Kilmer (@valkilmer) May 18, 2017
— Alice Cooper (@RealAliceCooper) May 18, 2017
Around the world, fans reacted:
1994: Kurt Cobain dies – MTV goes to wall to wall coverage.
2017: Chris Cornell dies – MTV airs Promposal.
God I hate MTV now.
— Jeremy Bingaman (@iowaradioguy) May 18, 2017
— Erika Loescher (@erikagc70) May 18, 2017
— Seph Lawless (@seph_lawless) May 18, 2017
Holy shit… Chris Cornell dead! What a tragedy. Eddie Vedder… Grunge's last man standing 🙁
— Titus Chalk (@tituschalk) May 18, 2017