Lauded rocker Chris Cornell killed himself by hanging


"Without the results of toxicology tests, we do not know what was going on with Chris - or if any substances contributed to his demise", Cornell family attorney Kirk Pasich argued in a statement released today.

Cornell's wife Vicky said in the statement that when she spoke to her husband after a concert in Detroit, he told her he may have taken "an extra Ativan or two" and was slurring his words. Detroit police spokesman Dan Donakowski said that officers were called to Cornell's hotel around midnight by a friend of the musician and found Cornell "laying in his bathroom, unresponsive and he had passed away".

Singer Chris Cornell, the lead vocalist for the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, died Wednesday night in Detroit, his representative said. He and bassist Kim Thayil, a University of Washington graduate, and Western Washington University alum Hiro Yamamoto were roommates when they formed Soundgarden.

As a solo artist, he released four studio albums - most recently 2015's Higher Truth.

Besides Soundgarden, Cornell founded the early grunge band Temple of the Dog and sang with Audioslave - a supergroup with members of Rage Against the Machine. Did Chris Cornell leave a suicide note?

They would finally earn mainstream success and Grammys with their fourth album, 1994's Superunknown, which sold 3.9 million copies, thanks to more accessible hits like Spoon Man, Black Hole Sun and a pair of ballads that dealt with suicide and depression, The Day I Tried to Live and Fell on Black Days.

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The Seattle Space Needle went dark for an hour on Thursday night to honor singer Chris Cornell.

The "By The Sea" star is said to be devastated following the passing of the Soundgarden frontman and the former Paramount CEO, who died within a week of each other.

"I don't even know what to say".

"We weren't that close", Cornell answered, when Stern questioned him about whether or not Cobain's death impacted him.

Numerous singer-songwriter's fans, including fellow musicians and artists, took to social media on Thursday morning upon hearing of his death at age 52.

KEXP, Seattle's popular independent radio station, paid tribute to Cornell throughout Thursday morning.

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