Chris Cornell, the lead singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave, and a grunge legend died overnight at the age of 52. Cornell and Soundgarden had just wrapped up a performance at the Fox Theatre in downtown Detroit. Police found him dead in his hotel room at the MGM Grand in Detroit. His representative Brian Bumbery called the death “sudden and unexpected.” Initial reports indicate an investigation into possible suicide. However, police say it’s too early to make any conclusions.
Chris Cornell began his career in the Seattle grunge scene. Then he formed Soundgarden in 1984. The band became influential throughout the 90s grunge era. In addition, Cornell joins other legends of the era, like Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, Alice in Chains singer Lane Staley, and Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots, who also passed too early.
Cornell performed with Soundgarden just hours before his death at Fox Theatre. And Thursday morning, many videos of the performance surfaced on YouTube as the world learned of his passing. So take a look.