Chris Cornell, a key figure in the grunge movement as co-founder and frontman of Soundgarden, killed himself Wednesday in a Detriot hotel room at age 52.  Cornell and his Grammy-winning band were in Detroit as part of a US tour launched last month.

Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office said while a preliminary autopsy was conducted on Cornell,  “a full autopsy report has not yet been completed.”

A spokesman for the Detroit Police Department told the New York Times officers responded to an apparent suicide of a white male at the MGM Grand casino.The victim was found unresponsive on the bathroom floor with a band around his neck.

gettyimages 684672824 Chris Cornell, A Pioneer Of The Seattle Sound, Dead At 52

SEATTLE, WA – MAY 18: A fan visits a makeshift memorial for Chris Cornell on a bench near A Sound Garden, the sculpture that inspired the name of the band Soundgarden, on May 18, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. Musician Chris Cornell, a member of revered rock groups Soundgarden and Audioslave, was found dead overnight in Detroit at age 52. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)

In a statement, a representative called Cornell’s passing “sudden and unexpected.”  The same statement added “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,” and “They would like to thank his fans for their continuous love and loyalty and ask that their privacy be respected at this time.”

Cornell, who grew up in Seattle, was one of the most respected and revered lead singers in rock music.


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