Chris Cornell has been known for his distinctive four-octave vocal range since the 80’s when he rose to fame with Soundgarden and later Audioslave.
According to his representative Brian Bumbery, the singer had been on tour and died Wednesday night in Detroit at the age of 52. He was found in the bathroom and the cause of death was “suicide by hanging.”
The death, as Bumbery stated to the Associated Press, was “sudden and unexpected. His wife and family are shocked.
Vicky, his wife, became concerned when she couldn’t get a hold of him after his show. The family is waiting for a full autopsy report and toxicology to be completed.
Many musicians took to Twitter to share their condolences. Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry wrote on his Twitter feed, “Very sad news about Chris Cornell today. A sad loss of a great talent to the world, his friends and family. Rest In Peace.”
Cornell had been one of the famed singers from the ’90s grunge movement that had huge bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam making it big in the scene.
Cornell has had a solo career in recent years and had just released the single “The Promise” in March on iTunes. He had been deeply involved in philantrophy and had all prcoceeds from the song go to the InternationaL Rescue Committee which offers global humanitarian aid.
He also started the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation which helped children who were homeless or abused.