UPDATE: Chris Cornell’s death has officially been ruled a suicide. According to the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office, the singer hung himself. Our thoughts go out to his family during this difficult time.
Chris Cornell, the legendary lead singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave, died Wednesday night of an “apparent suicide,” reports confirmed.
The frontman was found unresponsive on the bathroom floor in his hotel room after a Soundgarden concert at the MGM Grand Casino in Detroit, MI.
According to TMZ, Cornell’s wife allegedly called a family friend to check in on the singer. The friend forced his way into Cornell’s room and found him with a band around his neck. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
A rep for the singer issued the following statement shortly following his death:
Ahead of the concert, the singer tweeted this photo of Detroit’s Fox Theater:
Cornell, with his signature four octave vocal range, is considered a key figure in the Seattle grunge scene. He founded Soundgarden in 1984 alongside lead guitarist Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron, and bassist Hiro Yamamoto.The group found their biggest success with the 1994 album Superunknown, which included their hit “Black Hole Sun.”