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Chris Cornell Found Dead at age 52; Topped the Charts with Zac Brown


Chris Cornell, who is best know as the frontman for Soundgarden, was found dead at his Detroit hotel last night. The singer had just finished a performance with his band earlier that evening. He was 52.

Detroit police are investigating the death as a possible suicide. Police spokesman Michael Woody declined Thursday to provide details on what made that determination, but there were “basic things observed at the scene.”

Cornell had been on tour with his band and tweeted out a message celebrating their return to the “Rock City” just before performing Wednesday evening.

The musician’s representative Brian Bumbery confirmed the news that he passed away.

Cornell’s body was found at the MGM Grand Detroit Wednesday night, where he was staying, after his wife had called a family friend to check on him, Woody said.

The friend forced his way into Cornell’s hotel room and found him dead on the bathroom floor, he added.

The singer-songwriter first made his name with the Seattle-based Soundgarden. The grunge rock band went on to have such hits as “Black Hole Sun” and “Spoonman” before breaking up in 1997.

Cornell teamed on on many other projects and lent his talent’s to Zac Brown on the 2015 release “Heavy Is The Hand.” The song not only topped the Country Charts, but the Rock Charts, as well. The song made it’s debut the same week that Brown and Cornell performed the song on Saturday Night Live.

Together, Cornell and Karayiannis had a daughter, Toni, and a son, Christopher Nicholas. Cornell had another daughter, Lillian Jean, from his previous marriage with Susan Silver, the manager of Alice in Chains and Soundgarden.