Known for his impressive vocal range and as one of the greatest voices in rock music, Cornell’s extensive music catalogue leaves a lasting legacy. As news of his death travels, his fellow musicians are sharing tributes to him on social media.
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
I AM SO SADDENED BY CHRIS CORNELL PASSING. @soundgarden— GAVIN ROSSDALE (@GavinRossdale) May 18, 2017
TOTAL SHOCK.GREAT MAN.GREAT BAND.GREAT LOSS. LOVE TO EVERYONE IN HIS WORLD. XXX
Chris Cornell. One of the greatest voices in rock n roll history. Helped inspire me to evolve and change musically. I'm so sad. RIP BUDDY..— Butch Walker (@butchwalker) May 18, 2017
Oh, man. #ChrisCornell. No way. This is so sad and such a shock. What a talent.— Richard Marx (@richardmarx) May 18, 2017
A shining voice in music has left us in the midnight. He was a complex and gentle soul #ChrisCornell has flown into the black hole sun.— Perry Farrell (@perryfarrell) May 18, 2017
I love you, brother. Thank you for your friendship and your humor and your intellect and your singular and unmatched talent. It was a great honor to know you as a friend and as a band mate. I am devastated and deeply saddened that you are gone dear friend but your unbridled rock power, delicate haunting melodies and the memory of your smile are with us forever. Your beautiful voice and beautiful self will always be in my heart. God bless you and your family.
Been blasting #Audioslave & #Soundgarden & #TempleOfTheDog all day, headbanging through the tears. Chris seriously had the most amazing voice in rock in decades. He was a crafter of gorgeous melodies, soulful dark lyrics and bulldozer riffs. And he looked like THAT when rocking out. "Show Me How To Live" video shoot. Photo: @mrricigliano
Rest ...Peace pic.twitter.com/YcN7QECCo0— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) May 18, 2017
His death leaves a void in the music world. On a personal note, he was my favorite artist and I was lucky to have seen him in concert multiple times. Cornell wrote Temple of the Dog's "Say Hello 2 Heaven" for Andy Wood and always dedicated it to him when playing it live. Chris, this one’s for you.
This article was updated to include the cause of death and add more reactions.