- A medical examiner has confirmed that the legendary rocker killed himself in a Detroit hotel room Wednesday night after a concert, The Associated Press reported. Cornell hanged himself, an autopsy report said Thursday afternoon.
- Representative Brian Bumbery told the AP in a statement that Cornell's "sudden and unexpected" death happened late Wednesday in Detroit, where he had performed that evening. He was found dead in his hotel room at the MGM Grand after Cornell's wife asked a friend to check on him, WDIV reported.
Cornell's family was shocked to learn of his death, Bumbery's statement said.
- The Seattle singer and musician gained mainstream fame in 1994 with the release of the Soundgarden album "Superunknown." He had formed the band with guitarist Kim Thayil and bassist Hiro Yamamoto 10 years earlier, the AP reported.
In 1991, he "collaborated with members of what would become Pearl Jam to form Temple of the Dog," the AP reported.
Soundgarden broke up in 1997 but reunied in 2012. In the interim, Cornell released several solo albums and joined the band Audioslave, which broke up in 2007, the AP reported.
Fans and celebrities flocked to Twitter to react to the news and pay their condolences.
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Rocker Chris Cornell dead at 52
Audioslave and Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell has died, The Associated Press reports. He was 52.
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