Veteran rocker Chris Cornell has sadly left this world. In a shock to family, friends and fans world over, the news broke, leaving hearts broken with many unanswered questions. Cornell passed away on Wednesday, May 17, in Detroit, sometime in the late hours of the evening.
Chris Cornell’s representative, Brian Bumbery, told the Associated Press that the rocker died shortly after performing at a local venue in the area. He said that Cornell’s death was “sudden and unexpected” and that his wife and family are still in shock over the sudden passing of the singer.
The musician and frontman of a number of bands was one of the pioneers of the grunge movement during the nineties. He fronted two major bands during his lifetime – Audioslave and Soundgarden. The former consisted of all the members of Rage Against The Machine, except frontman Zac De La Rocha. Tim Cummerford, Tom Morello and Brad Wilk, along with Chris Cornell, toured the world with their music and penchant for anti-establishment lyrics.
Cornell also formed the supergroup Temple of the Dog, which he also fronted. The talented musician may have been a poster child for grunge in the United States, but he also established himself as a talent that extended beyond rock music. He worked on the soundtrack for Casino Royale (You Known My Name) and Machine Gun Preacher (The Keeper) for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe. He also worked on solo projects, releasing four studio albums during his lifetime.
The cause of death has not yet been ascertained, as investigations are still underway. More details may be released to the press, but it is still too early to tell. Chris Cornell had no known illness or health issues before his untimely death. His family is currently co-operating with investigations and have requested the public to maintain their privacy during this difficult time.