It is with deep sadness to inform fans of the passing of Chris Cornell, lead singer of Soundgarden, according to his representative. In a statement issued to The Associated Press, Brian Bumbery announced that Cornell died last night, May 17, 2017 at age 52 in Detroit. The family of Cornell have asked for privacy while the cause of death is investigated by medical examiners. Chris Cornell was best known for fronting legendary bands Soundgarden and Audioslave and who paved the way for Grunge music and bands who followed such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains.
Cornell's death is said to be "sudden and unexpected" after he performed at Detroit's Fox Theatre last night as part of Soundgarden's North American headlining tour. Chris Cornell is also famously known for collaborating with the would be Pearl Jam to form Temple of the Dog. Soundgarden broke headlines on mainstream radio with their album Superunknown which hit No.1 on the Billboard 200, having been nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Record in 1995. The album included the hit singles "Black Hole Sun", ''My Wave" and "The Day I Tried to Live." We send our deepest condolences to Chris Cornell's friends and family.