I always liked the spooky vibe of the song Black Hole Sun. Thanks for the music, Chris.
Detroit police are investigating the death of musician Chris Cornell, 52, as a “possible suicide,” police spokesman Michael Woody told The Associated Press Thursday morning.
The Soundgarden singer was found unresponsive on the bathroom floor of a hotel room at the MGM Grand Casino in Detroit early Thursday night. He was reportedly pronounced dead at the scene, according to The New York Times.
“When the units arrived they were met by a gentleman who indicated that Chris Cornell had been found in his room,” Woody said. “When officers went to the room they found Chris Cornell laying [sic] in his bathroom, unresponsive and he had passed away.”
“We are investigating it as a possible suicide but we need to wait on the medical examiner to determine the cause and manner of death,” he added.
Woody said there were “basic things observed at the scene” that led police to conduct an investigation but could not provide further details at this time.
“We are at the beginning stages of the investigation and we can’t say anything about the scene,” Woody said.
Cornell’s wife had called a friend and asked that he check on Cornell after he performed at the Fox Theatre earlier in the night. The friend proceeded to force open the door and find the singer in the bathroom, leading to an anonymous call to 911 for help.
With his powerful, nearly four-octave vocal range, Cornell was one of the leading voices of the 1990s grunge movement with Soundgarden, which emerged as one of the biggest bands out of Seattle’s emerging music scene, joining the likes of Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains.
… Soundgarden broke through on mainstream radio with the album “Superunknown,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Record in 1995. It included hit singles “Spoonman,” “Fell on Black Days,” “Black Hole Sun,” “My Wave” and “The Day I Tried to Live.”
Soundgarden disbanded in 1997 due to tensions in the band, and Cornell pursued a solo career. In 2001, he joined Audioslave …
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