Last night the music world was rocked by the sudden and unexpected passing of grunge legend Chris Cornell. The initial coroners report has now ruled the cause of death as suicide.
The Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office said it completed the preliminary autopsy on the 52-year-old, but “a full autopsy report has not yet been completed”.
Cornell’s death stunned his family and his die-hard fans, for whom Cornell performed hours earlier at a show in Detroit.
Chris shot to fame in the 90s as the enigmatic front man of grunge band Soundgarden with an incredible four octave voice. Having shot to fame with bands such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains, Cornell was one of the last surviving front-men of the grunge movement.
The band formed in 1984 and would shoot to fame with the 1994 album Superunknown, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard chart and yielded the Grammy Award-winning singles “Black Hole Sun” and “Spoonman”.
The band, who had already released hit songs and found success, marked a mainstream breakthrough with 1994 album Superunknown, which won them two Grammys, sold more than five million units in the US and launched five hits, including Black Hole Sun.
In 1997 the band broke up due to tensions with Chris going on to pursue a sold career and side project Audioslave achieving commercial success with both projects.
The band last toured in Australia in 2015 as a part of the Soundwave music festival and Chris would tour again later that year in live intimate acoustic shows.
Only hours before his death the singer posted a link to a clip with the caption:
“I’m the shape of the hole of the hole
Inside your heart”
Chris is survived by his wife and two children.