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UPDATED: Chris Cornell’s Death Ruled As a Suicide – Video From Last Concert

May 18, 2017 | Posted by Joseph Lee
Chris Cornell

UPDATE: Chris Cornell’s cause of death has officially been ruled as a suicide. TMZ reports that the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office has revealed the cause of death as a suicide by hanging. Cornell’s body was discovered in a hotel room in Detroit following a concert. The full autopsy report, including toxicology, has not yet been completed.

The site also has video from the concert when Soundgarden was about to start an encore and Cornell talked about how great the crowd was, saying, “I feel a little bit sorry for the next f***ing place we play.”

ORIGINAL: The Associated Press reports that musician and singer Chris Cornell was found dead last night in Detroit at the age of 52. The website also reports that his death is being investigated as a possible suicide. He was on tour and died hours after performing a concert with Soundgarden.

His representative, Brian Bumbery, said the death was “sudden and unexpected”. He added that Cornell’s wife and family are in shock and will work with the medical examiner to determine cause of death. They’ve asked for privacy at this time. Detroit police spokesman Michael Woody sad they can’t release details about why the case is being investigated as it is, but said that there were “basic things observed at the scene.”

Cornell was found at the MGM Grand Detroit hotel. Cornell’s wife called a family friend and asked him to check on the singer, who forced open the door to Cornell’s room and found him on the bathroom floor. The Wayne County Medical Examiner’s office will make the ruling on the cause of death. An autopsy is happening now and some information from it will likely be released later today according to Wayne County spokeswoman Lisa Croff.

Cornell was known for several different bands, but probably best known for his work with Soundgarden, one of the bigger bands to come out of the 1990s grunge movement (along with acts like Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains). The band is known for hits like “Black Hole Sun,” “Spoonman,” and “Fell on Black Days,” among others. He was also part of the bands Temple of the Dog (best known for their song “Hunger Strike”) and Audioslave ( “Cochise”, “Like a Stone” and “Show Me How to Live”). He also had a successful solo career, not only releasing five albums but providing the song “You Know My Name” for the James Bond film Casino Royale.

His most recent song, “The Promise”, was released in March on iTunes with proceeds going to the International Rescue Committee. The organization is a worldwide group handling humanitarian aid, relief, and development. He also created the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation to help children facing homelessness, poverty, abuse and neglect.

The world of music has already started to respond to his passing. You can see some of the posts below. 411 would like to give our own condolences to his family, friends and fans.

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