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18th May 2017

chris cornell

Chris Cornell, the lead singer of Soundgarden and later Audioslave, has passed away aged 52.

His representative, Brian Bumbery, said in a statement to the Associated Press that the vocalist died on Wednesday night in Detroit.

Bumbery called the death "sudden and unexpected" and said Chris' wife and family were shocked by it. The statement also said the family would be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause of death and asked for privacy.

Chris was one of the leading voices of the 1990s grunge movement with Soundgarden, one of the biggest bands to come out of Seattle's emerging music scene alon with Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice In Chains.

Soundgarden, formed in 1984 by Cornell, guitarist Kim Thayil and bassist Hiro Yamamoto, released their third studio album, 'Badmotorfinger', in 1991 and the record spawned enormously popular singles 'Jesus Christ Pose', 'Rusty Cage' and 'Outshined' and Chris went on to collaborate with members of what would become Pearl Jam to form Temple Of The Dog. Their self-titled 1991 album was a tribute to friend Andrew Wood, former frontman for Mother Love Bone.

Three years later, 'Superunknown' debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Record in 1995. It included hit singles 'Spoonman', 'Fell On Black Days', 'Black Hole Sun','My Wave' and 'The Day I Tried To Live'.

Soundgarden broke up in 1997 due to tensions in the band and Chris began a solo career. In 2001 he joined Audioslave, a supergroup that included former Rage Against The Machine members Tom Morello, Brad Wilk and Tim Commerford. They released three albums in six years and also performed at a concert billed as Cuba's first outdoor rock concert by an American band, though some Cuban artists have disputed that claim.

Audioslave disbanded in 2007, but Soundgarden reunited in 2012 and released the band's sixth studio album, 'King Animal', in 2012.

In addition to his music, Chris also became involved in philanthropy and started the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation to support children facing challenges, including homelessness, poverty, abuse and neglect.


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