Soundgarden, Audioslave Frontman Chris Cornell, Dies Suddenly At 52

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.

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Soundgarden’s album “Superunknown” featured the iconic grunge hit “Black Hole Sun”.