Read more on Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell….
What we’ve learned:
Word is, family friend had to force his way into Cornell’s room and found him with a band around his neck. We’re told there was no blood, and police suspect suicide based on the scene.
Early this morning, Detroit’s WXYZ says Cornell’s body was discovered on the bathroom floor of his hotel room at MGM Grand Detroit after Soundgarden’s show Wednesday night. Cornell’s wife, allegedly called a family friend to check on the singer, but she got no answer. Cornell died from an apparent suicide.
This was Chris Cornell’s last performance with his band on Wednesday night at the Fox Theater in Detroit. Cornell was performing “Slaves & Bulldozers” [May 17, 2017] per Uncle Sam – Alive in Detroit:
While performing “Outshined”:
According to Cornell’s rep, his death was “sudden and unexpected.” The medical examiner is in the process of determining cause of death.
Just hours before his death Cornell posted a clip from “By Crooked Steps” on his Facebook account, a song Soundgarden released in 2012.
Chris posted these lyrics from the song:
“I’m the shape of the hole inside your heart.” One of the lyrics from the song goes like this … “Blood raining down cuts a deep, deep river and we’re diving, and we’re diving.”
He also tweeted before their concert Wednesday night in Detroit:
Cornell was an avid drug user since the age of 13. He called himself a “pioneer” OxyContin abuser. Chris went to rehab, but it wasn’t successful.
We are heartbroken over the news and send our condolences to his wife and family. Chris has an extraordinary voice. He was truly a rock great! Soundgarden’s music was the definition of the 90s and millennium. The Seattle based rock groups music was melodic, hypnotic rock like no other. The 1984 band gave us all real rock that no band these days knows how to. We are saddened because we know Soundgarden would be giving up more great music, and now that is impossible.