Representative: Rocker Chris Cornell has died at age 52

Representative: Rocker Chris Cornell has died at age 52

Representative: Rocker Chris Cornell has died at age 52

Chris Cornell, one of the most lauded and respected contemporary lead singers in rock music with his bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, hanged himself Wednesday in a Detroit hotel room, according to the city's medical examiner. Co-founded by singer and rhythm guitarist Cornell, who was born in Seattle, Soundgarden was the first grunge band to sign to a major label, A&M Records - a move that some grunge purists looked at askance, but that also helped facilitate the group's ascension to the rock mainstream.

In a statement to The Associated Press, Brian Bumbery says Cornell died Wednesday night in Detroit. "When officers went to the room they found Chris Cornell laying in his bathroom, unresponsive and he had passed away".

Bumbery called the death "sudden and unexpected" and said his wife and family are in shock.

Soundgarden predated both grunge pioneers Nirvana and Pearl Jam, but it wasn't an overnight success.

Rocker Dave Navarro mourned the loss of Cornell, tweeting: "Such a bad and sad loss!" The sound of their biggest hit, 1994's Black Hole Sun, has more to do with expansive 60s psychedelia than hard rock: Michael Beinhorn, the producer of the 9m-selling album Superunknown that it came from, claimed its intensity was inspired by the punishing hardcore techno sub-genre gabba, and Cornell's vocals were influenced by Frank Sinatra.

In 2001, Cornell was recruited by the members of Rage Against The Machine to form the supergroup Audioslave, releasing songs like "Show Me How To Live", "Like A Stone", "Cochise", and "Revelations".

Audioslave disbanded in 2007, but Cornell and Soundgarden reunited in 2010 and released the band's sixth studio album, "King Animal" in 2012.

Chris Cornell has died at the age of 52.

And as Chris had just been touring with Soundgarden, Tremonti saw him perform just days ago.

Cornell was also a huge Seattle Supersonics fan.

Chris Cornell? Doesn't even seem possible.

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