Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell dies at age 52 in Detroit

  • Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell dies at age 52 in Detroit

Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell dies at age 52 in Detroit

Cornell died on Wednesday night in what police say is being investigated as a possible suicide. Soundgarden's musical journeys tended toward the knotty and dark, plunging into off-kilter meters and punctuated by Cornell's voice, which could quickly shift from a soulful howl to a gritty growl.

The sudden death of Chris Cornell, the lead singer of rock bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, came as a shock to other rock stars, who took to the social media to express their grief. Soundgarden released King Animal, in 2012.

According to reports, Cornell was performing in Detroit just before his death.

Soundgarden came back on stage in 2010 for festival performances and had recently started touring again.

The Grammy-winning rocker had performed Wednesday night at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. Images of the show were posted on Twitter by the venue.

When asked about the death of his friend and contemporary Andrew Wood, frontman of the band Mother Love Bone, from a heroin overdose, Cornell responded rather presciently.

Cornell had admitted in interviews to struggling with drug use throughout his life.

Cornell released five solo albums during and after his time with Soundgarden, starting with the 1999 LP "Euphoria Morning". Soundgarden's drummer, Matt Cameron, drums in both bands. His 2007 album "Carry On" featured an acoustic cover of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" that served as the inspiration for a well-received version of the song on "American Idol". He was a leader of the grunge movement with Seattle-based Soundgarden - with whom he gained critical and commercial acclaim - but also found success outside the band with other projects, including Audioslave, Temple of the Dog as well as solo albums.

Soundgarden disbanded in 1997 due to tensions within the band, and Cornell pursued a solo career. In 2001, he joined Audioslave, a supergroup that included former Rage Against the Machine members Tom Morello, Brad Wilk and Tim Commerford. What Killed Chris Cornell? appeared first on Ngyab. "At one point [Cornell] even said, 'My next crowd's going to be disappointing because nobody can live up to a Detroit crowd, '" Hood recalled, "which would lead me to believe he was planning on being at his next show".