Chris Cornell, a grunge pioneer who fronted one of the most influential rock bands of the era in Soundgarden, has died at the age of 52.
According to his representative, Brian Bumbery, Cornell was in Detroit at the time of his death. Bumbery called his death “sudden and unexpected”. He also said that Cornell’s family would be “working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause.”
In the past, Cornell has stated he was a “daily drug user at 13”. He has gone to rehab but relapsed over the years, according to TMZ.
Cornell and Soundgarden had performed in Detroit on Wednesday night and was tentatively scheduled to perform in Columbus on Friday at the Rock on the Range festival.
Tributes to Cornell began pouring in immediately from the rock and metal community, as well as from public figures around the world.
RIP Chris Cornell. Chris was the most influential singer to me as a writer. I just saw him perform days ago. Completely devastated
— Mark Tremonti (@MarkTremonti) May 18, 2017
Saddened to hear Chris Cornell has passed away. Toured with him he was always a gentlemen to be around. #RIP Grunge pioneer.
— KevinLyman (@KevinLyman) May 18, 2017
Very sad news about Chris Cornell today. A sad loss of a great talent to the world, his friends and family. Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/BlgxE6cJLH
— Joe Perry (@JoePerry) May 18, 2017
The voice, the range, the look, that dude had it all. #ripchris
— Jamey Jasta (@jameyjasta) May 18, 2017
Cannot believe Chris Cornell passed away…such a huge inspiration to me through out my entire life…heart breaking
— Spencer Chamberlain (@wschamberlain) May 18, 2017
RIP Chris Cornell…. unbelievable to think we just played a show with him a few days ago and now he's gone…. Life is too short.
— LORD SLiME (@FRONZ1LLA) May 18, 2017
Soundgarden’s album “Superunknown” featured the iconic grunge hit “Black Hole Sun”.