UPDATE 9:35AM ET: Chris Cornell’s death is being investigated as a possible suicide, Detroit Police have told the BBC.
Chris Cornell, lead singer of Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple of the Dog, has passed away at 52.
Representatives for the singer said his passing was “sudden and unexpected” and his family was “shocked” by the passing.
Hours before his death, Cornell was playing a show at the Fox Theatre in Detroit with Soundgarden.
— Chris Cornell (@chriscornell) May 18, 2017
Watch the band play through “Black Hole Sun” at the Detroit show below:
Cornell first broke it big with Soundgarden as the band rose from Seattle to international fame thanks to songs like “Spoonman”, “Black Hole Sun” and “My Wave.” When the band broke up in 1997, he started Audioslave with Rage Against the Machine members Tom Morello (lead guitar), Tim Commerford (bass/backing vocals), and Brad Wilk (drums).
Soundgarden reunited in 2012 and released the group’s sixth studio album King Animal.
The cause of death has not yet been confirmed.
Rest in peace, Chris. We will never forget your contributions to grunge music.