Chris Cornell, singer and songwriter best known as the integral frontman for both Soundgarden and Audioslave, passed away last night, May 17. Following a show at Detroit’s Fox Theater on the same evening, Cornell’s body was found in his room at the MGM Grand.
“When the units arrived they were met by a gentleman who indicated that Chris Cornell had been found in his room,” said Michael Woody, Director of the Detroit Police Department’s media relations. “When officers went to the room they found Chris Cornell laying in his bathroom, unresponsive and he had passed away. We are investigating it as a possible suicide but we need to wait on the medical examiner to determine the cause and manner of death.”
Brian Bumbery, one of Cornell’s representatives released a statement that called the death “sudden and unexpected” and that said the singer’s family would be “working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause.” Cornell’s last song performed last evening was “Slaves & Bulldozers” with an interlude of Led Zeppelin’s “In My Time Of Dying”.
Cornell leaves behind three children, he was 52 years old.
— Elton John (@eltonofficial) May 18, 2017
Shocked & saddened by the news of Chris Cornell's passing. RIP. https://t.co/zewHDnsv1N
— Slash (@Slash) May 18, 2017
SO SO stunned to hear about Chris Cornell! Such a terrible and sad loss! Thinking of his family tonight! RIP
— Dave Navarro (@DaveNavarro) May 18, 2017