Chris Cornell, one of the most lauded and respected contemporary lead singers in rock music with his bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, killed himself Wednesday by hanging in a Detroit hotel room, according to the city's medical examiner. The cause of his death is still under investigation.
Local papers reported earlier Thursday that Cornell was found with "a band around his neck", citing a Detroit police spokesman, but a different police spokesman didn't confirm the comment.
Chris was in the middle of a USA tour with Soundgarden, and the grunge band were due to play in Columbus, Ohio on Friday.
Cornell was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. "The body was transferred to the medical examiner's office and the cause of death will be determined".
As the news of Cornell's death broke, fans shared their Tweets and photos from last night's show at the Fox Theatre. The went on to say that Cornell's wife called a family friend and asked him to check on his well-being.
Cornell and Soundgarden were set to perform at Rocklahoma in Pryor next weekend.
He rose to fame in the 90s as one of the original founders of grunge with Soundgarden who, like Nirvana, signed to indie label Sub Pop, before gaining success with Grammy winning singles including Black Hole Sun and Spoonman. Law enforcement officials told ABC News that Cornell was found by a family friend who did a well-being check on the singer around midnight at the MGM Grand Detroit hotel. Cornell released his first solo album, Euphoria Morning, in 1999, and in 2001, he formed the supergroup Audioslave with Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk of Rage Against the Machine.
Cornell was known for his kind and loving demeanor, his imaginative songwriting, his incredible four octave vocal range, and his charitable lifestyle, among other things.
Soundgarden came back on stage in 2010 for festival performances and had recently started touring again.
We send our deepest condolences to Cornell's family, friends, peers, and countless fans around the world. Soundgarden would break up in 1997, though they'd reunite to release a new album, King Animal, in 2012.