Soundgarden Frontman Chris Cornell Commits Suicide

Soundgarden Frontman Chris Cornell Commits Suicide

Cover photo: Randy Johnson

In the winding hours of Wednesday night, Soundgarden frontman and vocalist Chris Cornell was found dead in a bathroom in the MGM Grand casino in Detroit, shortly after performing earlier in the evening.

Detriot Police Department spokesman, Donte Freeman, said in an interview that officers were "responding to a call about an unresponsive white man found on a bathroom floor with a band around his neck."

The man was identified as Chris Cornell, and he was ruled to have died at the scene from strangulation. The death has officially been ruled by the coroner as a suicide by hanging

Chris Cornell on stage with Soundgarden in New York. Image by Alyssa Fried (mxdwn.com)

Chris Cornell on stage with Soundgarden in New York. Image by Alyssa Fried (mxdwn.com)

Chris Cornell was the frontman of Soundgarden, one of the bigger bands to emerge from the grunge scene in the '90s. They stood out from their contemporaries, Nirvana and Pearl Jam, by spearheading a sound that took what was classified as "grunge" and blending it with loud, muscle-bound, Led Zeppelin riffs, sludgy chords, and Cornell's legendary banshee wail.

After releasing two albums in the '80s Soundgarden finally broke out into the mainstream with their 1991 release, Badmotorfinger, a record that went on to go 2x Platinum and spawned the singles, "Outshined" and "Rusty Cage."  

Their 1994 follow-up, Superunknown is hailed by many as a classic grunge record and frequently tops many a list for one of the best alternative rock albums of the '90s.

Outside of Soundgarden, Cornell was a part of a project with Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello. Audioslave had singles like "Like A Stone" and "I Am The Highway."

Image via Associated Press

Image via Associated Press

Cornell put out six solo albums and one of the last songs he wrote before his very unexpected death was "The Promise." A song that was meant to be the single for his upcoming solo album, with all proceeds for the song going to the International Rescue Community

Our thoughts and prayers go to his bandmates, his friends, and his family. Especially to his wife, Vicky and his daughter Toni.

RIP Chris. 

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