Chris Cornell, the legendary rocker from Soundgarden and later Audioslave, has died at only 52 years old. It happened just hours after a show at Fox Theater in his hotel room at the MGM Grand Detroit. And now, it’s being investigated as a possible suicide.
This is a sad loss for rock fans:
Cornell’s rep Brian Bumbery confirmed the news to the Associated Press, calling the death “sudden and unexpected.”
Cornell’s wife, Vicky Karayiannis, and his family are in shock, Bumbery said, adding that the family is working closely with the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the cause of death.
Cornell tweeted Wednesday at 8 p.m. before the show, “#Detroit finally back to Rock City!!!! @soundgarden #nomorebulls—t,” along with a photo of the Fox Theater.
Detroit police spokesman Michael Woody told the Associated Press on Thursday morning that there were “basic things observed at the scene” that point to a possible suicide.
Woody said Cornell’s wife called a family friend to ask him to check on Cornell. The friend forced the hotel room door open and found Cornell on the bathroom floor.
Rock legends Jimmy Page and Joe Perry tweeted their condolences:
RIP Chris Cornell
Incredibly Missed. pic.twitter.com/pKNI4tKiXz
— Jimmy Page (@JimmyPage) May 18, 2017
Very sad news about Chris Cornell today. A sad loss of a great talent to the world, his friends and family. Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/BlgxE6cJLH
— Joe Perry (@JoePerry) May 18, 2017
And countless fans are posting their thoughts on Twitter:
I hate doing that thing after famous people die but if Chris Cornell isn’t the best rock vocalist of my lifetime, who is?
— John Fleming (@johnjf125) May 18, 2017
Saddest news of the year so far. Chris Cornell died
— IF Becker (@arevfan) May 18, 2017
The singer was known for his piercing vocals and impressive talents. Rolling Stone named “Superunknown” as one of the best grunge albums of all time.
In Audioslave, his song “Like a Stone” had these haunting lyrics:
On my deathbed I will pray
To the gods and the angels
Like a pagan to anyone
Who will take me to heaven
To a place I recall
I was there so long ago
The sky was bruised
The wine was bled
And there you led me on
In your house I long to be
Room by room patiently
I’ll wait for you there
Like a stone
I’ll wait for you there
Let us pray for Cornell’s family during this tragic time. Rest in peace.