Another one bites the dust. Soundgarden and Audioslave lead singer Chris Cornell died at age 52.
Cornell’s representative, Brian Bumbery, relayed Cornell’s death to the Associated Press via a statement. Bumbery described Cornell’s death as “sudden” and “unexpected”. He also said that the singer’s wife and family were shocked over the celebrity’s demise. The cause of death has yet to be established and Bumbery said that Cornell’s family would be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the reason behind the singer’s death. Bumbery also relayed that at this point, the family of the deceased is requesting for privacy.
Cornell, before his sudden death, was even posting upbeat messages on Twitter about the sold-out concert his band just played mere hours before he died. Cornell had been touring with Soundgarden.
Cornell’s band was part of the Pacific Northwestern grunge scene that was the rage in the 1980s and early 1990s, becoming popular along iconic bands Nirvana and Pearl Jam. Cornell also recorded an album with Pearl Jam in 1991 under the name Temple of the Dog. Like Nirvana, Soundgarden started with indie label Sub Pop before making the big jump to the mainstream. Their angsty, heavy sound became more popular with singles as Black Hole Sound.
The band enjoyed huge success, selling more than 10 million albums in the U.S. alone. They also won critics’ nod with 9 Grammy awards nomination and winning two of those. The group disbanded in 1997 but got back together in 2010. They came out with the album King Animal in 2012. They have also been working on new songs the past year.
After Soundgarden disbanded in 1997, Cornell also recorded a solo album before being asked to join Audioslave as the singer. Their 2002 debut album featuring a glossy yet vibrant update of the 1990s sound of bands also turned out to be a huge success, gaining triple platinum in the U.S.
Cornell is also known for recording the song You Know My Name which was the theme song of the 2006 James Bond movie Casino Royale, which introduced Daniel Craig as 007.
Cornell also had struggled with several vices as drug and alcohol addiction, checking into rehab in 2003. He has been sober since leaving the rehab.
In 2012, he and his wife Vicky decided to put up a foundation that works with vulnerable children facing poverty and homelessness. Cornell had three children, two with his wife Vicky, Toni and Christopher Nicholas; and a daughter with his first wife and former manager Susan Silver.
His rock music peers took to Twitter to pay their tributes to a colleague and friend. Among those who posted messages include Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, Mark Lanegan, Billy Idol and Jane’s Addiction, and Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Dave Navarro. The musicians expressed their shock over Cornell’s sudden death as they also celebrated his talents.