Chris Cornell, the versatile vocalist and frontman for Soundgarden and other respected projects such as Audioslave and Temple of the Dog, died of an apparent suicide in his hotel room at the MGM Grand in Detroit on Wednesday night after a Soundgarden performance.
According to Director of Media Relations for the Detroit Police Department, Michael Woody, local police recieved a 911 call at approximately 12 a.m. from a family friend stating that they had gone to the room to check on him, he “made it inside the hotel room where he found Mr. Cornell unresponsive laying on the bathroom floor,”. He followed up by saying “At present, our investigation is leaning toward the possibility of suicide, but we must wait for a medical report to determine the cause of death”.
While Detroit police are investigating the death as a potential suicide, an official cause of death has not yet been determined and released by a medical examiner. The report is expected Thursday afternoon.
The American singer was one of the founders of the grunge moment in Seattle in the Nineties, where he formed Soundgarden, best known for their Grammy Award-winning singles Black Hole Sun and Spoonman. He had a four octave vocal range and continued to make music after Soundgarden broke up in 1997 (they later reformed in 2010), including writing a Bond theme in 2006.