UPDATED: Chris Cornell of Soundgarden and Audioslave Dies at 52

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Chris Cornell, lead singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave, has died at age 52. The rocker was on tour in Detroit with Soungarden.

In a statement, Cornell’s representative called his passing, “sudden and unexpected” with no cause listed at this time, but stated that his family “will be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause.”

Hailing from Seattle, WA, Chris Cornell formed Soundgarden in 1984 and became one of the the key players in the formation of grunge in the 90’s, pre-dating heavy-hitters Nirvana and Pearl Jam. Soundgarden went on to receive GRAMMY nods for their fourth album Superunknown, and won for their hit song, “Black Hole Sun.” When Soundgarden disbanded in 1997, Cornell later joined supergroup Audioslave with Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello, Brad Wilk, and Tim Commerford before disbanding in 2007.

Cornell’s raw and soulful voice gave him a distinct identity outside of a band, and will always be remembered as one of the great voices of rock, boasting a nearly 4-octave range. The singer has released four solo studio albums, and two live albums. Most recently, Cornell lent his voice to a single called “The Promise”, a song with all proceeds benefitting The International Rescue Committee. You can watch and remember him below.

Updated 5:50pm  Chris Cornell was found dead in his hotel room in Detroit. His death was ruled a suicide by hanging by the Wayne County, MI Medical Examiner, although a full autopsy will still need to be completed. Cornell leaves behind wife of 13 years Vicky Cornell (née Karayiannis), a Paris-based publicist, and two children Toni (12) and Christopher (11).

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