Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell’s death has completely shocked the entire music world. The 52-year old singer, songwriter and composer who had performed till a day before his sudden death was not suffering from any health related problem.
The fifty-two year old singer and songwriter who had kept the world spellbound by his superlative performances was found dead by one of his friends who got concerned when his calls were not returned. He came to check on him and found him dead in the hotel room.
Father of two teenaged and one very young child, Chris Cornell was an important and beloved musician who helped change rock music. There is no denying that he was one of the most prolific, recognizable and important voices in the music world. His death came as earth shattering surprise to his family, friends and fans.
There is no denying that he will remain etched in the memories of music fans who have grown on his distinct and amazing voice. Chris Cornell, Thayil and Yamamoto together launched Soundgarden more than three decades ago in 1984. In 1985, the band enlisted Scott Sundquist as the drummer to allow Cornell to concentrate on vocals. The band’s first recordings were three songs that appeared on a compilation for C/Z Records called Deep Six. In 1986, Sundquist, who by that point had a wife and a child, decided to leave the band and spend time with his family.He was replaced by Matt Cameron, the drummer for Skin Yard, who became Soundgarden’s permanent drummer. The band later signed with A&M Records, becoming the first grunge band to sign to a major label. In 1989, the band released their second effort, and their first for a major label, Louder Than Love.
A report in the TMZ said that Wayne County Medical Examiner termed Chris Cornell cause of death as “suicide by hanging” The report came merely a couple of hours after Cornell’s body was discovered in a Detroit hotel room following a concert. A full autopsy report, including toxicology results has not yet been completed. Reports suggest that authorities got a 911 call around 12 a.m. Police officials claim that when the friend went to Cornell’s hotel room at the MGM Grand Detroit to check on him, he “made it inside the hotel room, where he found Mr. Cornell unresponsive laying on the bathroom floor”.
His wife who has remained inconsolable since his death said she never saw any tendencies of suicide in the famed musician. His publicist in a statement said “His wife, Vicky, and family were shocked to learn of his sudden and unexpected passing, and they will be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause,” his publicist said in a statement.