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September 20 2017, 08:10 | Perry Erickson
In Memoriam Soundgarden's Chris Cornell
An autopsy is being conducted Thursday and some information from it is expected to be released later in the day, Wayne County spokeswoman Lisa Croff said. The friend found the singer's body in a MGM Grand Detroit hotel bathroom. The Detroit News cited Freeman in a similar report.
Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell passed away earlier today at the age of 52.
He had just performed with Soundgarden at Detroit's Fox Theatre.
But Woody told AP that he could not confirm that Cornell died with a band around his neck and that the investigation into his death continues. A sad loss of a great talent to the world, his friends and family.
Cornell played a seminal role in the origins of grunge music, founding Soundgarden in 1984 with Kim Thayil and Hiro Yamamoto.
At Soundgarden's peak of popularity in the mid-1990s, the band's album Superunknown earned a Billboard No. 1 debut and a Grammy nomination for best rock record.
Cornell was a multi-instrumentalist who began his musical career playing drums, piano and guitar before discovering his incredible three-octave vocal range and putting it to good use with a multitude of bands in the Seattle scene and beyond. In 2012, it released "King Animal", its first album in 16 years, which Pareles said "sounds like four musicians live in a room, making music that clenches and unclenches like a fist". By 2001, he had helped found the supergroup Audioslave with several members of Rage Against the Machine. The band released three albums in six years and also performed at a concert billed as Cuba's first outdoor rock concert by an American band, though some Cuban artists have disputed that claim.
Cornell also released solo albums, and Nielsen Music said as a band member and solo act, the singer sold nearly 15 million albums and 8.8 million digital songs in the U.S. In March, Cornell's new single "The Promise" was released on iTunes with proceeds donated to The International Rescue Committee.
The Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation raises funds and partners with organisations to support children facing homelessness, poverty and abuse.
Soundgarden came back on stage in 2010 for festival performances and had recently started touring again.