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Chris Cornell, Soundgarden and Audioslave Frontman, Dies at 52

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Chris Cornell, Soundgarden and Audioslave Frontman, Dies at 52

Caryn Ganz and Christopher D. Shea
 

The victim was found with a band around his neck, Mr. Freeman said. The police would not confirm that the victim died of a suicide, though the preliminary determination was an “apparent suicide,” Mr. Freeman said. He added that more details would be released in a statement later Thursday.

Mr. Cornell was born in 1964 in Seattle and helped form Soundgarden 20 years later. Sub Pop, then a fledgling record label, released the group’s first single, “Hunted Down,” in 1987, as well as two subsequent EPs. The group’s debut album, “Ultramega OK,” came a year later.

“Badmotorfinger,” released in 1991, benefited from the swell of attention that was beginning to surround the Seattle scene, where Soundgarden, along with Nirvana and Pearl Jam, were playing a high-octane, high-angst brand of rock ’n’ roll. Soundgarden’s musical journeys tended toward the knotty and dark, plunging into off-kilter meters and punctuated by Mr. Cornell’s voice, which could quickly shift from a soulful howl to a gritty growl.

Three of Soundgarden’s studio albums have been certified platinum, including “Superunknown,” from 1994, which featured “Black Hole Sun,” “Fell on Black Days,” “Spoonman” and “My Wave.”

Soundgarden - "Black Hole Sun" Video by SoundgardenVEVO

The group — which includes the guitarist Kim Thayil, the bassist Ben Shepherd and the drummer Matt Cameron — disbanded in 1997, but it reunited in 2010 and has performed regularly since then. In a review of a 2011 concert at the Prudential Center in Newark, The New York Times’s chief pop critic, Jon Pareles, called Soundgarden “one reunited band that can pick up right where it left off.” In 2012, it released “King Animal,” its first album in 16 years, which Mr. Pareles said “sounds like four musicians live in a room, making music that clenches and unclenches like a fist.”

The group played at the Fox Theater in Detroit on Wednesday night, and it had been scheduled to perform in Columbus, Ohio, on Friday at the Rock on the Range festival.

Mr. Cornell appeared to be active on social media in the hours before his death. A post on his Twitter account on Wednesday announced that the group had arrived in Detroit, and a clip of the group’s 2012 release “By Crooked Steps” was posted to his official Facebook page hours before his death.

Mr. Cornell had acknowledged in interviews to struggling with drug use throughout his life. In a 1994 Rolling Stone article, he described himself as a “daily drug user at 13” who had quit by the time he turned 14.

After Soundgarden disbanded in 1997, Mr. Cornell returned to heavy drug use, he told The Guardian in a 2009 interview, describing himself as a “pioneer” in the abuse of the opiate OxyContin, and saying that he had gone to rehab.

Mr. Cornell released five solo albums during and after his time with Soundgarden, starting with the 1999 LP “Euphoria Morning.” His 2007 album “Carry On” featured an acoustic cover of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” that served as the inspiration for a well-received version of the song on “American Idol.” He contributed the song “Seasons” to the soundtrack of “Singles,” Cameron Crowe’s love letter to the Seattle music scene, and performed alongside other members of Soundgarden in the film.

Chris Cornell - "Seasons" Video by Micheleland

In 2001, after Rage Against the Machine’s lead singer, Zack de la Rocha, left the group, Mr. Cornell and members of the band formed Audioslave. The group released three albums before announcing its split in 2007.

In November 2016, Mr. Cornell hit the road for the first time with another supergroup of sorts, Temple of the Dog, featuring a blend of members of Soundgarden and Pearl Jam. The group was formed a quarter-century ago as a tribute to Andrew Wood, the lead singer of the Seattle bands Malfunkshun and Mother Love Bone, who died of a heroin overdose in March 1990.

Speaking to The Times, Mr. Cornell said the group had decided to finally bring its songs to life to honor Mr. Wood. “I thought, well, this is one thing that I can do to remind myself and maybe other people of who this guy is and was and keep his story and in a way his life with us,” he said.

Correction: May 18, 2017

An earlier version of this obituary misidentified the source of a tweet honoring Chris Cornell. The posting came from a Rage Against the Machine fan account, not from the band.

 

 

 

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That sucks. There's not alot of mainstream stuff out there these days that is really good to my ears but this guy was..... Rest In Peace Chris

 

 

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Wow that sucks. Such a great artist.. 

 

 

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Suicide and overdose seems to be a curse for the 90s grunge era. RIP Chris Cornell

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Damn shame he had it all. Reminds me when Kurt Cobain died .  R.I.P.

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This is going to be my highly opinionated opinion, so stop reading if you think you might be offended.

 

Fuck Kurt Cobain. That torn sweater wearing twat was just a sympathy sponge junkie. Im not actually mad at the guy, I just thought his music was nothing special and he's got more remembrance than he deserves by 10x's.

 

I started listening to Sound Garden when I was 15 (long before Kurt made music). I grew up loving them, Rage and Audioslave. This is a bit of a shock to me. Chris Cornell showed he was an incredible musician and singer over the course of 3 platinum bands and was in the middle of a tour when he pulled the plug. I love that guy. He was a poet, and was obviously tormented by demons as many poets are. 

 

If I offend anyone, all I can say is - I'm getting drunk as my small offering to Chris. I grew up with him, I will miss him. Peace.

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Thanks mr. whiskers didn't know how he *died*. Damn, fucking suicide. *RIP chris*

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One of the best voices of my generation. Like A Stone, one of my favorite all time songs

 

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3 hours ago, rotor said:

. Chris Cornell showed he was an incredible musician and singer over the course of 3 platinum bands and was in the middle of a tour when he pulled the plug. I love that guy. He was a poet, and was obviously tormented by demons as many poets are. 

 

If I offend anyone, all I can say is - I'm getting drunk as my small offering to Chris. I grew up with him, I will miss him. Peace.

My soul is weeping.

Rotor,you have every right to tell us your opinion so don't apologise and you haven't offended anybody

I grew to have a good opinion of Kobain but I understand why you DON'T.

Having said that,Chris had one of the BEST voices in Rock history and ,,,,,,,,,this sucks

GOD DAMNIT !!¡!!!!!!!!!!!

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One of my absolute favorite bands. The one that he poured his tough times, his real heart and soul into. Means so much to me, and his music will always have a deep impact on me. God I wish I wasnt so broke and could drink some in honor of him, and go sing some of his songs on karaoke (I already did, quite a bit, although my voice isn't near what his was). What a legend, to me he was a prophet musically, and a huge influence. I will miss him, and am so saddened by his passing, and yet happy that he finally found release from the life of pain he felt he was enduring (clearly). RIP to another celebrity that really mattered, who made a difference, who spoke his heart, changed my life and many others for the better through the bond of music. Too bad there are so few that have anything more to offer than superficial mainstream garbage.

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12 hours ago, rotor said:

This is going to be my highly opinionated opinion, so stop reading if you think you might be offended.

 

Fuck Kurt Cobain. That torn sweater wearing twat was just a sympathy sponge junkie. Im not actually mad at the guy, I just thought his music was nothing special and he's got more remembrance than he deserves by 10x's.

 

I started listening to Sound Garden when I was 15 (long before Kurt made music). I grew up loving them, Rage and Audioslave. This is a bit of a shock to me. Chris Cornell showed he was an incredible musician and singer over the course of 3 platinum bands and was in the middle of a tour when he pulled the plug. I love that guy. He was a poet, and was obviously tormented by demons as many poets are. 

 

If I offend anyone, all I can say is - I'm getting drunk as my small offering to Chris. I grew up with him, I will miss him. Peace.

 

You shouldn't feel the need to give a trigger warning you maple syrup soaked Elk fancier . Stop it . Just voice your opinion and if people are offended then fuck em . 

 

Burt Cocaine's influence and impact on music cannot be underestimated for me . 

 

Cornell was pretty good , hope is is alive and well in the Superunknown . 

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