The Associated Press reports that the examiner found Cornell had hung himself on Wednesday night in a Detroit hotel room. "SO, SO stunned to hear about Chris Cornell!". The station played non-stop songs from Soundgarden and Cornell's other bands and solo work, as well as artists who covered Cornell's material and those who were influenced by him. The group had finished a concert at Detroit's Fox Theater on Wednesday, and nothing pointed to Chris Cornell taking his own life. "That crowd was something".
"The cause of death has been determined as suicide by hanging", The Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office reported in a statement. Actor David Carradine notably died of similar circumstances in 2009.
The 52-year-old Cornell was the lead singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave. Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry tweeted: "Very sad news about Chris Cornell today".
Their song, "Like a Stone", was nominated for a Grammy. The news is particularly tough to deal with considering Soundgarden had just played a show last night - footage of that performance is now available.
Cornell began his career in the Seattle rock scene forming the band Soundgarden in 1984, which was influential in the 1990s grunge movement.
With his flowing curly hair and often bare chest, Cornell showed off his vocal skills on Soundgarden hits such as "Black Hole Sun", set to dissonant minor chord progressions on guitar.More news: Italian Open: Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal enter quarter-finals; Venus Williams victorious
Cornell had spoken openly in interviews of his struggles with drugs as a teenager, and later with alcohol.
Cornell also released five solo albums during his time with Soundgarden including "Euphoria Morning".
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.
In addition to his music, Cornell also became involved in philanthropy and started the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation to support children facing challenges, including homelessness, poverty, abuse and neglect.