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Rocker Chris Cornell killed himself by hanging: Coroner

May 18, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Rocker Chris Cornell killed himself by hanging: Coroner

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ASSOCIATED PRESS — 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. He was 52.

The Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office said Thursday it completed the preliminary autopsy on Cornell, but that “a full autopsy report has not yet been completed.”

A police spokesman told two Detroit newspapers that the singer was found with a band around his neck.

“There is no additional information at this time,” the Wayne County office added.

Cornell’s death stunned his family and his die-hard fans, who Cornell just performed for hours earlier at a show in Detroit. Soundgarden’s current tour kicked off in late April and was planned to run through May 27.

The singer’s representative Brian Bumbery called the death “sudden and unexpected” and said his wife and family were shocked by it. The statement said the family would be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause and asked for privacy.

The singer-songwriter rose to fame with the Seattle-based rock group Soundgarden, with chart-topping hits as “Black Hole Sun” and “Spoonman,” before branching with former members of Rage Against the Machine out to create Audioslave, where he found renewed stardom with such tracks as ‘Like A Stone” and “Be Yourself.”

Cornell also pushed himself as solo artist, putting out four studio albums between 1999 and 2015.

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