Rocker Chris Cornell, who gained fame as the lead singer of Soundgarden and later Audioslave, has died at age 52, according to his representative.
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In a statement to The Associated Press, Brian Bumbery says Cornell died today in Detroit.
Bumbery called the death “sudden and unexpected” and said his wife and family were shocked by it.
According to the statement, the family would work closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause and asked for privacy.
Cornell’s last social media post came just eight hours ago. When he tweeted about Soundgarden’s show in Detroit.
— Chris Cornell (@chriscornell) May 18, 2017
RIP Chris Cornell. The greatest voice in my favourite era of music. pic.twitter.com/ldcWMOBECC
— Herbert Hodgson (@herberthodgson) May 18, 2017
Sad to hear about the death of Chris Cornell. He had the most beautiful voice. RIP. pic.twitter.com/QaaYFEqll0
— Rita Panahi (@RitaPanahi) May 18, 2017
Chris Cornell is someone that has taught me how to be a better me through art. I owe a lot of my childhood & life memories to that man.
— Hannah Basques (@HannahBasques) May 18, 2017
Sad to hear that Chris Cornell has passed. His voice was a big part of my teens. Vale. pic.twitter.com/iclRh964Zv
— Michala Banas (@michalabanas) May 18, 2017
Sad news this morning. We're getting word that singer/rocker Chris Cornell has died in Detroit. No other details yet.
— Blaine Tolison (@BTolisonWSOC9) May 18, 2017