Chris Cornell, 1 of rock's respected voices, dies at 52


Cornell referenced death - and suicide - in 2007 interview with the AP when discussing his single, "No Such Thing".

The loss of Chris Cornell is a big one for the music community, and it's even more tragic if the musician chose to take his own life. Nirvana's Kurt Cobain was found dead in his Seattle home in 1994; his death was ruled a suicide.

A full autopsy report was not yet completed Thursday afternoon. "There is no additional information at this time".

TMZ cites anonymous sources saying Cornell's wife, Vicky, did not believe he was suicidal. Sony Pictures and MGM called upon Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell's signature growling singing voice to make it happen, and he created what I think is one of the better James Bond theme songs of the entire series. She doubled down and said there were no signs he was at all depressed.

The 52-year-old rocker, who first gained fame as the lead singer of Soundgarden and later the band Audioslave, passed away Wednesday night, a rep for the singer told the Associated Press. In a statement to several media outlets, his representative Brian Bumbery confirmed Cornell's death calling it "sudden and unexpected".

A spokesperson for the Detroit Police Department wouldn't identify the victim, but told ABC News the victim's wife called a family friend to check on the victim.

"Chris Cornell he's like 12 years younger than me, he's my friend and we'd go out together for dinner". The statement said the family would be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause and asked for privacy.

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One of the locations where people gathered was the Sound Garden art sculpture at a Seattle park, for which Cornell's band Soundgarden was named.

Formed in 1984 by Cornell, guitarist Kim Thayil and bassist Hiro Yamamoto, Soundgarden's third studio album, "Badmotorfinger", in 1991 spawned enormously popular singles "Jesus Christ Pose", "Rusty Cage" and "Outshined" that received regular play on alternative rock radio stations.

The band, which had released hit songs and found success, marked a mainstream breakthrough with "Superunknown", its 1994 album that won them two Grammys, sold more than five million units in the USA, and launched five hits, including "Black Hole Sun", one of the most popular alternative rock songs from the 1990s.

Soundgarden's true breakthrough was 1994's Superunknown, which produced the hits "Black Hole Sun", "Spoonman", "Fell On Black Days" and "The Day I Tried to Live".

In 2001, Cornell joined with three former members of Rage Against the Machine to form Audioslave. The band released three albums in six years and also performed at a concert billed as Cuba's first outdoor rock concert by an American band, though some Cuban artists have disputed that claim. In 2010, Soundgarden reformed and in 2012, they released a new album, King Animal.