In an unexpected turn of events, the lead singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave, Chris Cornell, has passed away at the early age of 52 after playing a show in Detroit on Wednesday night. CNN representatives were contacted by a rep for Cornell, but the events that led up to this incident are still under wraps. A 911 call was received after midnight from the MGM Grand Hotel in Detroit, when a family friend declared that Chris was unresponsive and laying on the floor when they went into the bathroom to check on him. Paramedics and the emergency response team that arrived to the hotel room moments later pronounced him dead on the scene.
The Detroit Police Department are considering suicide as one of the possibilities in this heart-wrenching situation.
“We are moving in the direction of a possible suicide but we are waiting on the Medical Examiner’s Office to provide their report.”
Brian Bumbery, Chris Cornell’s representative, said in a statement to CNN, “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.”
“They would like to thank his fans for their continuous love and loyalty and ask that their privacy be respected at this time.”
Chris’s abrupt passing is shocking, not only to his fans, but to his friends and family as well. The musician had performed Wednesday night at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, but eerily he ended the performance with a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “In My Time of Dying.” Chris even tweeted early that morning, “What I look forward to the most…is the camaraderie. It’s what we missed when we weren’t a band.”
Chris Cornell is just one among a series of grunge rockstars that have lost their lives over the last thirty years due to substance abuse or suicide. Chris commented to Rolling Stone in 2015 saying, “I’ve lost a lot of young, brilliant friends, people that I thought were very inspired. They’re all young and these guys all had limitless potential in their lives in front of them.”