Chris Cornell, a key figure in the grunge movement as co-founder and frontman of Soundgarden, has died at 52. Cornell and his Grammy-winning band were in Detroit as part of a US tour launched last month.
In a statement, a representative called Cornell’s passing “sudden and unexpected” and said that the singer’s family would be “working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause.” The same statement added “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,” and “They would like to thank his fans for their continuous love and loyalty and ask that their privacy be respected at this time.”
A spokesman for the Detroit Police Department told the New York Times officers responded to an apparent suicide of a white male at the MGM Grand casino. The victim was found unresponsive on the bathroom floor with a band around his neck.
The victim’s stated birth date was July 20, 1964. While the spokesman would not release the victim’s name, Cornell’s birthday is July 20, 1964.
Watch Soundgarden’s last song from last night’s show:
Tune in to B98 tonight at 9 p.m. as Dr. Buzz pays tribute to Chris Cornell and his music.