- UPDATE (9:12am): Local news sources in Detroit have reported that Cornell died of an apparent suicide
- UPDATE (3:35pm): Medical examiners have determined and confirmed that Cornell committed suicide by hanging.
Chris Cornell, frontman for band Audioslave and longtime founder of Soundgarden, has died. His unexpected death happened in Detroit on Wednesday night. He was 52, and no cause has yet been released.
In a statement to the Associated Press, representative Brian Bumbery called the death "sudden and unexpected," adding, “His wife Vicky and family were shocked to learn of his sudden and unexpected passing, and they will be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause,” Bumbery stated. “They would like to thank his fans for their continuous love and loyalty and ask that their privacy be respected at this time.”
Cornell was an immensely talented singer and songwriter, creating some of the most iconic songs during the 1990s grunge era with hits such as "Black Hole Sun" and the more recently beautiful song for film The Promise.
He was on tour with band Soundgarden at the time of his death. His last tweet was before the show:
This is a developing story and more information will be added as it becomes available.