Breaking: Chris Cornell, Soundgarden And Audioslave Frontman, Dies Aged 52

Chris Cornell, the singer for Seattle grunge rock band Soundgarden and later Audioslave, has died aged 52. Cornell was found dead on Wednesday night in Detroit. His death was reported to be “sudden and unexpected,” according to Chris’ representative. No official information has been released yet on the cause of Cornell’s death, but the representative told Associated Press that a medical examiner will determine the cause of death. Chris Cornell’s family have asked the public for privacy as they await the examiner’s results. Cornell was best known as the vocalist and guitarist of Seattle grunge rock band Soundgarden, which achieved prominence in the 90’s. The band’s major hits include “Black Hole Sun,” “Fell on Black Days,” and “Spoonman” off their fourth studio album Superunknown. Chris Cornell dead: Soundgarden and Audioslave rocker passes away aged 52. #chriscornell https://t.co/8MGM7npQgU pic.twitter.com/nCfZUMflMg — Daily Express (@Daily_Express) May 18, 2017 Chris formed Soundgarden alongside guitarist Kim Thyail and bassist Hiro Yamamoto in 1984. In 1988, Chris Cornell’s Soundgarden signed with major label A&M and since then pioneered the Seattle grunge movement, paving the way for other Seattle acts including Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Alice in Chains. In 2001, Cornell formed rock super group Audioslave alongside guitarist Tom Morello, bassist Tim Commerford, and drummer Brad Wilk., releasing self-titled album in 2001. They released two more albums in 2005 and 2006. Chris Cornell was also known for singing “You Know My Name,” the theme song for James Bond film Casino Royale. Cornell was scheduled to perform at the US festival Rock the Range in Columbus tonight before he died. Independent reports that Cornell performed with Soundgarden last night at Detroit’s Fox Theatre as part of the band’s North American tour. [Featured Image by Kevin Winter/Getty Images]