Jane's Addiction's Perry Farrell Remembers 'Super Talent' Chris Cornell

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The musician, who fronted bands such as Soundgarden and Audioslave over almost three decades, is credited with shaping the grunge rock movement of the early 1990s.

Rocker Chris Cornell, who gained fame as the lead singer of the bands Soundgarden and later Audioslave, killed himself by hanging.

Michael Woody, a spokesman for the Detroit Police Department, told CNN the death is being investigated as a "possible suicide".

The Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office said Thursday it completed the preliminary autopsy on Cornell, but that "a full autopsy report has not yet been completed".

Cornell and his band Soundgarden have covered the song before and they did it again to close out the show at Detroit's Fox Theater on Wednesday.

Cornell had been touring with Soundgarden, and was tweeting upbeat messages about a sold-out concert the band played in Detroit just hours before his death.

His rock peers paid tribute, such as Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, Mark Lanegan, Billy Idol and Jane's Addiction and Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Dave Navarro. His representative, Brian Bumbery, calls the passing "sudden and unexpected".

USA rock musician Mark Lanegan, a contemporary from the Seattle grunge era, wrote simply: "RIP Chris Cornell".

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Cornell, 52, was born Christopher John Boyle on July 24, 1964, in Seattle. In 2001, he joined Audioslave, a supergroup that included former Rage Against the Machine members Tom Morello, Brad Wilk and Tim Commerford.

Cornell was known for a almost four-octave vocal range.

"He was a huge influence, one of the greatest singers ever to come out of Seattle, maybe the greatest single voice", said Charles R. Cross, a Seattle-based music journalist and author who knew Cornell personally.

In April, Cornell visited CBS This Morning and appeared to be in high spirits, and even teased a new Soundgarden album.

He is survived by his second wife, publicist Vicky Karayiannis, and by three children.

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