Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell died from suicide caused by hanging, according to the Wayne County Medical Examiner.

Cornell, 52, was found dead inside a Detroit hotel room shortly after he performed a Soundgarden concert on Wednesday night.

The Seattle-born guitarist and singer was a central figure in the 1990s grunge movement. Initially, Cornell began singing in Temple of the Dog with fellow Seattle musician Eddie Vedder which released 'Hunger Strike' which became a radio hit.

Cornell founded seminal grunge band Soundgarden in 1984 and was one of the first bands from the Northwest to break into the Mainstream with their 1991 record "Badmotorfinger." They're credited as being among the four central grunge bands of the era to come out of the era which also include other seminal acts such as Nirvana, Alice in Chains and Pearl Jam.

Soundgarden went on to release the massively popular "Superunknown" in 1994 with their hit 'Black Hole Sun,' which was played on heavy rotation on radio stations across America during the summer of '94.

Of the four major grunge bands out of Seattle in the early 1990s, only the frontman for Pearl Jam - Eddie Vedder - remains. Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994 and Alice in Chains singer Layne Staley died in 2011 after a prescription drug overdose.

Cornell later went on to play in Audioslave with Zack de la Rocha from Rage against the Machine. They released three studio albums together.

At the time of his death, Cornell was at the end of the first Soundgarden tour in years. He is survived by his wife, two daughters and a son.

 


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