A Collection of Thoughts on Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell dead

Chris Cornell, the bellowing heart throb of the grunge era best known for his time as the lead vocalist for Soundgarden, died Wednesday night in Detroit. He was 52 years old.

Police were called to Cornell’s hotel room in the MGM Grand casino at around 12 am after receiving a 911 call from a family friend who found Cornell unresponsive on the floor of his hotel bathroom.

According to Billboard, Detroit police are investigating the death as a possible suicide. Director of Media Relations for the Detroit Police Department Michael Woody told Rolling Stone that an official cause of death is still forthcoming and the medical examiners report is expected to be released by Thursday.

Here is a collection of some of the articles surrounding his death, tweet from fellow musical legends and some videos to remember the great performer that he was.

RIP Chris Cornell.

Rolling Stone starts us off with a wonderful career retrospective and the most current information on his death.

CNN outlines how Cornell’s final song on stage was a Led Zeppelin cover of “In my time of dying”  to which Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page responded via Twitter…

Billboard was the first to report that Cornell’s death may have been a suicide and that police are investigating it as a possibility.

Sir Elton John weighed in:

As did fellow grunge era artist and lead singer of Bush, Gavin Rossdale:

Mark Lanegan, lead singer of the Screaming Trees, another grunge era band and fellow contributor to the Singles soundtrack that released grunge on America:

Cornell making a cameo in the movie Singles beside Matt Dillon and Bridget Fonda:

Country music star Jason Aldean:

An interesting piece from the archives: June 2014 interview with Entertainment Weekly regarding the 20th anniversary of Soundgarden’s Superunknown.

The Detroit Tigers pay tribute with their media notes:

The first song I ever heard from Soundgarden was Birth Ritual in 1991. Despite Cornell’s later solo work stating this was impossible — it did change me.

Former Jane’s Addiction band mates Perry Farrell and Dave Navarro

Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry:

When former roommate, friend and Mother Love Bone singer Andrew Wood died of a heroin overdose in 1990, Cornell formed tribute band Temple of the Dog. The band included Mother Love Bone members Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, local Seattle guitarist Mike McCready, multiple members of Soundgarden and a then unknown Eddie Vedder.

This was the start of Pearl Jam, and one of the best albums of the generation:

RIP Chris Cornell. We’ll keep updating this page throughout the day.

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