Chris Cornell, Soundgarden and Audioslave singer, dead at 52

Chris Cornell, who shot to international fame as the lead singer of the grunge band Soundgarden, has died aged 52.

A spokesperson for the Seattle-born musician described his death on Wednesday night as “sudden and unexpected”, and said his wife and family were shocked by it.

Cornell formed Soundgarden in 1984. Among the band’s famous songs were Black Hole Sun and Hunger Strike.

The singer went on to form the oo’s supergroup Audioslave and was also known for performing the James Bond theme song You Know My Name, from the 2006 film Casino Royale.

Cornell died in Detroit, just hours after he performed with Soundgarden at the Fox Theatre.

He tweeted a picture of the venue shortly before the sold-out show, writing: “Finally back to Rock City!!!!!”.

He was currently touring the US with the band.

Tributes have started to pour in on Twitter, with Jane’s Addiction and Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Dave Navarro writing: “SO SO stunned to hear about Chris Cornell! Such a terrible and sad loss! Thinking of his family tonight! RIP”


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