Chris Cornell, who was the lead singer of Soundgarden and later Audioslave, has died at age 52, according to his representative.
He had been on tour, died Wednesday night in Detroit. The death was called “sudden and unexpected” and his wife and family were shocked by it.
An autopsy is complete and we have a cause of death for Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell…he died at 52 from suicide by hanging just hours after his show in Detroit. His crew noticed something wasn’t right with Chris while he was performing. He staggered back and forth across the stage and seemed weak. The show wasn’t bad but people felt like Chris wasn’t mentally present. He missed words and let the crowd sing the parts of the songs he didn’t. Nobody complained. In fact, the audience of about 5,000 seemed to love it. Chris seemed agitated a times. He walked off the stage for several minutes before playing “Been Away Too Long,” causing the band to start over and leaving them playing instrumentals to fill the gap. His final song was a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “In My Time of Dying.” The opening line was, “In my time of dying, I want nobody to mourn.” The remaining 6 dates of the tour have understandably been cancelled.
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