Chris Cornell, the frontman, and guitarist for Seattle Grunge band Soundgarden has died at the age of 52. Reps for Cornell say that the family is shocked by his death, and police in Detroit are investigating the matter as an apparent suicide although an official report has yet to surface.
Rolling Stone reports:
Police received a 911 call at approximately 12 a.m. from a family friend, according to Michael Woody, Director of Media Relations for the Detroit Police Department. When the friend went to Cornell’s hotel room at the MGM Grand casino to check on him, he “made it inside the hotel room, where he found Mr. Cornell unresponsive laying on the bathroom floor,” according to Woody. EMS pronounced Cornell dead at the scene.
Detroit police are investigating the death as an apparent suicide, though Woody tells Rolling Stone that an official cause of death by the medical examiner’s office is still forthcoming. The medical examiner’s report is expected to be released Thursday afternoon.
Cornell also fronted the band Audioslave and was known as an expert showman and vocalist. The Grunge scene exploded in the 1990s with groups such as Nirvana among others changing the rock narrative.
According to a CNN report, Soundgarden, which started a tour last month, played a full set without issues. Cornell also enjoyed a career as a solo artist as well.