Medical examiner confirms cause of death for Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell

A medical examiner has determined that Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell killed himself by hanging in a Detroit hotel room following a concert. The following statement was released from the medical examiner Thursday afternoon.

Chris seemed in really great spirits and everyone is in complete shock”, a friend of the rocker and wife Vicky Karayiannis, who saw them recently, told PEOPLE.

Musician Chris Cornell’s death has been ruled a suicide – a morbid end for the Grunge rock pioneer that has echoes of his own 2015 music video.

Mr. Freeman said that the victim’s wife had called a family friend to check on the man; the family friend forced his way into the man’s room at the casino and found him unresponsive on the bathroom floor.

Cornell, who was on tour with Soundgarden, had performed a concert in Detroit on Wednesday night. According to further reports, the singer was found in his hotel bathroom with, ” a band around his neck”. “We are at the beginning stages of the investigation and we can’t say anything about the scene”, he said. His representative, Brian Bumbery, calls the passing “sudden and unexpected“. Soundgarden has not commented on Cornell’s death. “It’s exactly in the works”, Cornell said. Songs from that album, “Black Hole Sun” won best the Grammy for best hard rock performance, and the song “Spoonman” won for best metal performance that year.

Chris Cornell, a friend of mine, a friend of all of us from Soundgarden, died today and we have lost one of the most attractive voices in rock and in history.

“Just now waking up to the news about Chris Cornell“.

“RIP Chris Cornell Incredibly Talented Incredibly Young Incredibly Missed (sic)”, Page tweeted.

Come Friday/today over in Columbus, Ohio, the band was scheduled to headline the first day of the Rock On The Range festival, alongside Stone Sour, Korn, The Offspring, Bush, Sum 41, Thrice, and more. He began Soundgarden back in 1984 with guitarist Kim Thayil and bassist Hiro Yamamoto, and went on to help create Audioslave with members from Rage Against The Machine, as well as the supergroup Temple of the Dog, which featured frontman Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam.

Following the breakup of Audioslave in 2008, Soundgarden reunited with the release of King Animal 2012. They recorded and released three albums between 2002 and 2006, establishing themselves as a standalone presence and not just a mash of two powerhouse configurations.

Cornell had also been involved in philanthropy and started the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation to support children facing poverty and abuse.

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