Chris Cornell, lead singer of Soungarden and Audioslave, has died at the age of 52 after performing in Detroit on Wednesday night.
The death is currently being investigated as a “possible suicide” by the Detroit Police Department after being found unresponsive in his hotel room around midnight.
“When the units arrived they were met by a gentleman who indicated that Chris Cornell had been found in his room,” said Michael Woody, Director of the Detroit Police Department’s media relations . “When officers went to the room they found Chris Cornell laying in his bathroom, unresponsive and he had passed away. We are investigating it as a possible suicide but we need to wait on the medical examiner to determine the cause and manner of death.”
Cornell began his career in the Seattle rock scene. In 1984, he formed the band Soundgarden, which was influential in the 1990s grunge movement.
In death, Cornell becomes another in a line of lead singers from major grunge rock bands to pass away. Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain was found dead in his Seattle home in 1994; his death was ruled a suicide. Alice in Chains’ original singer, Layne Staley, died from a drug overdose in 2002. Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots died of an accidental overdose in 2015.
In interviews, Cornell discussed his past struggles with alcohol and the impact of his friends’ deaths from substance abuse.
UPDATE (2:20 PM): Associated Press has reported that Chris Cornell’s death has officially been confirmed as a suicide by hanging by the Wayne County medical examiner.