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Rock Legend Chris Cornell Died at 52 – Possible Suicide

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.

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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:

And countless fans are posting their thoughts on Twitter:

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.