Cornell's death leads to cancellation of rock fest

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Musician Chris Cornell, a member of revered rock groups Soundgarden and Audioslave, was found dead overnight in Detroit at age 52.

Cornell's rep, Brian Bumbery, called the musician's death "sudden and unexpected" in a statement, adding that his family "would like to thank his fans for their continuous love and loyalty and ask that their privacy be respected at this time".

A different Detroit Police spokesman, Michael Woody, told The Associated Press on Thursday that he could not confirm that Cornell died with a band around his neck.

Cornell was now on tour with Soundgarden and had performed that night in Detroit.

According to Newsweek, Soundgarden was a little more than a week away from completing their ongoing North American tour and had a scheduled performance Friday night in Columbus, Ohio.

Dave Navarro of Jane's Addiction tweeted that he was stunned by the death. Rising in the early 90s with fellow grunge bands Peal Jam, Nirvana and Alice in Chains, Soundgarden's popular hits included "Black Hole Sun" and "Spoonman". Before announcing it's split in 2007 the band had released three albums.

Hours before he was pronounced dead, Cornell actually performed with Soundgarden in Detroit, where he was reportedly in high spirits and even mentioned "the next place we play" to the audience.

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Temple of the Dog is best known for the hit song, "Hunger Strike", which featured Cornell and Vedder on vocals.

Cornell was the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of Soundgarden, formed in 1984. As the tributes begin to pour through the Internet, a message from Warren Haynes pulls at our heart's strings as we, too, now wonder what Cornell's voice would have sounded like in a Gov't Mule record - which Haynes says was once a possibility in the Shout! recording sessions.

Chris Cornell was born on 20 July, 1964.

Audioslave reunited in January 2017 to protest the inauguration of President Donald Trump. The station played non-stop songs from Soundgarden, Cornell's other bands and his solo work, as well as artists who covered Cornell's material and those who were influenced by him.

In 2006, the producers of the upcoming James Bond entry Casino Royale were looking for a strong male singer to signal a new, brawnier direction for the superspy series epitomized by the casting of Daniel Craig, and they zeroed in on Cornell.

Cornell is survived by his second wife, Vicky Karayiannis, with whom he has a young son and daughter.

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