According to his representative, rocker Chris Cornell, who gained fame as the lead singer of Soundgarden and later Audioslave, has died at age 52.
The star's representative, Brian Bumbery, issued a statement to The Associated Press, confirming that Cornell died last night [Wednesday 17 May] in Detroit, Michigan, mere hours after he performed a sold-out concert with Soundgarden at Fox Theatre.
Detroit police say the death of rocker Chris Cornell, the lead singer of the bands Soundgarden and later Audioslave, is being investigated as a possible suicide. The circumstances of his death were not immediately known, but the musician is believed to have died in Detroit, where Soundgarden performed on May 17.
Soundgarden paved the way for grunge artists.
Three years later, Soundgarden broke through on mainstream radio with the album "Superunknown", which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Record in 1995. Soundgarden was among the seminal grunge bands of the early Nineties, producing six albums and hit singles such as Black Hole Sun. In 2001, he joined Audioslave, a supergroup that included former Rage Against the Machine members Tom Morello, Brad Wilk and Tim Commerford. They released two more albums in 2005 and 2006. The band tweeted Wednesday night a quote from Cornell: "What I look forward to the most.is the camaraderie".
Rocker Dave Navarro mourned the loss of Cornell, tweeting: "Such a bad and sad loss!" Thinking of his family tonight!
"If I write a song and put it out there, it's not mine anymore", he told CNN.
He had a voice that could never be duplicated nor mistaken whenever you heard it.