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Audioslave's lead Singer Chris Cornell is no more; Found dead in his Hotel room. Let us take a took in his career and married life.

Updated On 21 May, 2017 Published On 21 May, 2017
Audioslave's lead Singer Chris Cornell is no more; Found dead in his Hotel room. Let us take a took in his career and married life.

Singer Chris Cornell dies at the age of 52, on May 18th on the bathroom floor of the MGM hotel where he was staying, death by suicide.

The entire entertainment and music industry is mourning by the devastating news, the death of  Audioslave lead vocalist and the rock band Soundgarden vocalist and rhythm guitarist, Chris Cornell.

The bold and powerful singer died recently on Wednesday night just a few hours after his band performed at a concert in Detroit. The details of his death were not revealed until yesterday which has shocked everyone.

The 52-year-old singer had a troublesome past but the greatness of this legendary singer will remain forever. Today let's take a moment to know him up close and look upon his journey and his career.

The Soundgarden and Audioslave Frontman Chris Cornell dies at 52: A suspected suicide

Chris and his band did a rocking performance at the Fox Theater in Detroit on Wednesday night, May 17, 2017. He looked lively and energetic throughout the performance but who knew that it would be his last performance.

Singer and guitarist, Chris Cornell dies at the age of 52, Source: Telegraph.co.uk

The cause of the death was identified as an attempted suicide by hanging, as reported by Wayne County medical examiner office which was released on Thursday afternoon after the post mortem.

Cornell's representative, Brian Bumbery describes the incident as sudden and unexpected. He also revealed that the incident happened around the midnight when one of Chris's family friend reported the death to Detroit Police Department after seeing Chris unresponsive on the bathroom floor of the  MGM Grand hotel and casino, where the singer was staying.

Soundgarden vocalist performing at Fox Theater in  Detroit, Source: NYtimes

He was lying on the bathroom with a band wrapped around his neck and was pronounced dead at the scene.  Also, there are no signs of a suicide note or drugs and alcohol at the scene.

All of his close friends and families, including his wife, Vicky Karayiannis are in deep shock and grief and everyone has paid a huge tribute to the talented singer.


Many celebrities including Elton John and Brad Pitt who are Chris's long time friend reacted with immense sorrow and regrets on their social media.

A source told E! News that Brad Pitt is devasted and in shock and he is trying to process the loss of his great friend. The Fury actor, however, has not spoken about this with the media.

The Sacrifice singer, Elton John took twitter to pay his heartfelt condolences and wrote,

"Shocked and saddened by the sudden death of @chriscornell. A great singer, songwriter and the loveliest man."


Another legend of music, Billy Idol also tweeted: 

'Sad 2 hear of Chris Cornell passing..great singer and artist... another blow…RIP'


Many tributes and condolences filled up the social media including the actors and musicians of various genres:










 Just last Friday on 19 May, Cornell's wife Vickey Cornell released her first statement after her husband's death speculating that his suicide could be due to too much intake of anxiety medication. 

She wrote:

"Chris's death is a loss that escapes words and has created an emptiness in my heart that will never be filled. As everyone who knew him commented, Chris was a devoted father and husband. He was my best friend.

"When we spoke after the show, I noticed he was slurring his words; he was different. When he told me he may have taken an extra Ativan or two, I contacted security and asked that they check on him. What happened is inexplicable and I am hopeful that further medical reports will provide additional details. I know that he loved our children and he would not hurt them by intentionally taking his own life."


Even the doctors are now raising questions regarding Chris's overdose of anxiety medication. Cornell's attorney Kirk Pasich states that without toxicology tests, this cannot be confirmed. The updates are yet to follow.


Personal Details about late singer Chris Cornell

  • Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, U.S., Chris Cornell was the great American singer, songwriter, and guitarist, famous for his rock band, Soundgarden, and Audioslave.
  • The late singer was born to father Ed Boyle and mother Karen Cornell with five siblings, older brothers Peter and Patrick and younger sisters Katy, Suzy and Maggie.



Onstage with #Audioslave in Montreal, 2005 #tbt

A post shared by Chris Cornell (@chriscornellofficial) on

  • He did his high school from Shorewood High School but he dropped out. His brother Peter was the lead in a rock band, named Black Market Radio. Cornell was a big fan of the band The Beatles since he was nine which became a major inspiration to pursue his music career.
  • Cornell in his teenage suffered from severe depression that caused him to left school and become a loner.
  • He had even started using drugs when he was twelve years old. In 1980's he got a chance to work with a cover band, The Shemps, a local band. The band became successful around the Seattle, Washington.
  • Later after four years in 1984, his band Soundgarden was formed along with members guitarist Kim Thayil and bassist Hiro Yamamoto.



Had an amazing night performing for #Rock4EB with @theofficialsting & #bradpitt

A post shared by Chris Cornell (@chriscornellofficial) on

  • The band got much attention around the year and in 1987, they signed to SubPop, launching their first EP, Screaming Life followed by Fopp EP in 1988.
  • Their first debut album, Ultramega OK lead them to be first rock band to get nominated for Grammy Awards. Chris and his band has won three MTV Video Music Awards, One Satellite Awards, and one World Soundtrack Awards.
  • Chris was married twice, first wife was Susan Silver, who managed their band Soundgarden and together had a daughter Lilian Jean. The pair divorced in 2004.
  • Later the same year, he married Vicky Karayiannis, a Paris-based American publicist of Greek descent. They have two children, a daughter Toni and son Christopher Nicholas. He has an estimated net worth of $60 million.
  • The legendary singer Chris was found dead on May 18, 2017, inside the bathroom of the hotel rool at MGM Grand hotel in  Detroit where he and his band was staying after their show at the Fox Theatre.


Well on this sad note, we pay our heartfelt condolences and pay for the bereaved family of late singer Chriss Cornell.  We are deeply saddened by the loss of a hero, a proud father and a singing sensation. He will be truley missed! 

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