Cornell's death leads to cancellation of rock fest

Chris Cornell lead singer of Soundgarden has died aged 52

The office of the Wayne County Medical Examiner on Thursday determined the cause of his death to be suicide by hanging, noting that a full autopsy has yet to be completed.

Spokesperson Brian Bumbery called the death "sudden and unexpected" and said Cornell's wife and family were shocked by it.

The "I Am The Highway" singer was found with a band around his neck inside a MGM Grand casino hotel room around midnight, according to police. "It's what we missed when we weren't a band", Cornell had posted on Facebook on Tuesday.

"In the interview that aired on Weekend Sunday, Martin noted Cornell was still recording with Soundgarden, and asked if he needed the band and the solo projects to make the whole?"

Detroit police say the death of rocker Chris Cornell, the lead singer of the bands Soundgarden and later Audioslave, is being investigated as a possible suicide. He said Cornell's wife had called a family friend and asked him to check on Cornell; the friend forced open a hotel room door and found Cornell on the bathroom floor.

Chris Cornell, lead singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave, died Wednesday night, his representative told CNN.

Cornell, who was on tour in Detroit at the time of his death, was 52.

We're told Vicky tried reaching Chris in his hotel room early Thursday morning but he was not answering.

News of Cornell's death prompted scores of tweets expressing sadness.

Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Cornell was one of the main movers and shakers of the grunge movement, forming Soundgarden with guitarist Kim Thayil and bassist Hiro Yamamoto in 1984.

He reunited with Soundgarden in 2010 and they released a sixth studio album, King Animal, two years later.

Cornell also collaborated with members of what would become Pearl Jam to form Temple of the Dog, which produced a self-titled album in 1991 in tribute to friend Andrew Wood, former frontman of Mother Love Bone.

In 2001, Cornell joined Audioslave, a supergroup that included former Rage Against the Machine members Tom Morello, Brad Wilk and Tim Commerford. At the time he had just released a solo album called Higher Truth. Songs from that album, "Black Hole Sun", won the Grammy that year for best hard rock performance, and the song "Spoonman" won for best metal performance. And true to his ideals rooted in the grunge era, he said he would donate his proceeds from his song The Promise (for the 2017 movie of the same name) to the International Rescue Committee, which helps refugees to rebuild their lives.

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