Chris Cornell dead: Tributes pour in as Soundgarden and Audioslave singer dies aged 52

Chris Cornell has died, aged 52 [Wenn]

A representative for the Soundgarden legend revealed he passed away in Detroit, on May 17.

In a statement to the Associated Press, Brian Bumbery called his death ‘sudden and unexpected’.

The message revealed his family had asked for privacy as they worked with medical examiners to determine his cause of death.

Chris Cornell’s representative confirmed the news in a statement [Wenn]

Fans rushed to pay their respects to the late singer on Twitter.

“Oh man. Chris Cornell had such a fantastic voice. Truly gutted to hear he’s gone so young,” one wrote.

“Chris Cornell gone #RIP Blackhole Sun was the first rock song I loved,” another commented.

Chris Cornell formed Soundgarden back in 1984 [Wenn]

A third posted: “RIP Chris Cornell. Such an amazing voice & talent gone too soon. Absolutely gutted.”

While a fourth added: “I am beyond gutted about waking up to the news about Chris Cornell. One of the all time iconic voices.”

Chris was one of the founders of the Grunge movement, when he founded Soundgarden in the 1984.

Chris Cornell performed on the James Bond soundtrack for Casino Royal [Wenn]

During a break for the band, he formed supergroup Audioslave, alongside Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Will.

He also forged a successful solo career, producing five albums alone and performing the theme song to James Bond’s Casino Royale, in 2006.

The singer was said to be performing a Soundgarden gig on May 17, at the Fox Theatre, as part of the band’s North American headline tour.

Chris Cornell and wife Vicky have two children together [Wenn]
Chris Cornell had two children with wife Vicky, and a daughter from a previous relationship [Wenn]

The Black Hole Sun stars were due to be travelling to Ohio for a concert on May 19, and were scheduled to appear in Maryland Heights, Denver, Houston, Dallas and Oklahoma where their tour would end on May 27.

Chris is survived by wife Vicky Karayiannis, with whom he has two children, daughter Toni and son Christopher.

He also has a daughter, Lillian Jean, from a previous relationship.


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