Chris Cornell Hung Himself, Autopsy Reveals

A Detroit police spokesman said officers were called to Cornell's hotel around midnight by a friend of the musician. He was found after anxious family members called the hotel to have someone check on him.

Woody says Cornell died at the MGM Grand Detroit hotel.

Two Detroit newspapers had earlier cited a police spokesman Cornell was found with "a band around his neck".

A full autopsy report has yet to be completed at this time, and the office has confirmed they have no additional information at present. He would not confirm the victim's name; Mr. Cornell's date of birth is July 20, 1964.

The singer died in Detroit where the band performed on May 17.

In a statement to ABC Radio, his rep said that Cornell died late Wednesday night in Detroit, Michigan. The news agency later reported on Thursday that a medical examiner ruled that the death was a suicide by hanging.

"They would like to thank his fans for his continuous love and loyalty, and ask that their privacy be respected at this time". According to his representative, rocker Chris Cornell, who gained fame as the lead singer of Soundgarden and later Audioslave, has di.

Soundgarden's fusion of 70s heavy metal and 80s punk set them apart from their peers, with the band the first of the scene's emerging superstars on the seminal indie label Sub Pop to be courted by the major labels. Their 1991 album Badmotorfinger produced the classics "Outshined" and "Rusty Cage", though its release was somewhat overshadowed by Nirvana's Nevermind, released that same year. In the early '90s, he was a crucial part of Temple of the Dog, a grunge group that would later become Pearl Jam.

The band, which had released hit songs and found success, marked a mainstream breakthrough with "Superunknown", its 1994 album that won them two Grammys, sold more than five million units in the USA, and launched five hits, including "Black Hole Sun", one of the most popular alternative rock songs from the 1990s. Their song, "Like a Stone", was nominated for a Grammy. The band released their first single "Hunted Down" on Subpop in 1987.

In 2001, Cornell joined Audioslave, a supergroup that included former Rage Against the Machine members Tom Morello, Brad Wilk and Tim Commerford. The last song he ever performed was, tragically, a cover of Led Zeppelin's "In My Time of Dying". The band followed with five more releases, including their 2012 album King Animal, which followed a 15-year hiatus. As of July 2016, they were working on a new album. It appeared on his second solo album, "Carry On".

Cornell leaves behind two sons and a daughter from two marriages.

  • Stacy Allen