The student news site of Houston Community College

The Egalitarian

Chris Cornell lead singer of ‘Soundgarden’ dead at 52

Chris+Cornell+of+%27Soundgarden%27+and+%27Audioslave%27+died+Wednesday+May+17.+A+cause+of+death+has+not+yet+been+reported.
Chris Cornell of 'Soundgarden' and 'Audioslave' died Wednesday May 17. A cause of death has not yet been reported.

Chris Cornell of 'Soundgarden' and 'Audioslave' died Wednesday May 17. A cause of death has not yet been reported.

Chris Cornell of 'Soundgarden' and 'Audioslave' died Wednesday May 17. A cause of death has not yet been reported.

Skarleth Velasquez, Egalitarian Staff Writer

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






Chris Cornell, Lead singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave passed away at the age of 52.

Cornell, who had been on tour, died Wednesday night in Detroit, Brian Bumbery said in a statement to The Associated Press. Cornell had performed a Detroit concert with Soundgarden that night.

Cornell’s rep called the death “sudden and unexpected” but gave no further details. The medical examiner is in the process of determining a cause of death.

Soundgarden was formed in 1984 by Cornell, guitarist Kim Thayil and bassist Hiro Yamamoto, it went on to become one of the biggest bands of the 1990s grunge movement. The band emerged as one of the biggest bands out of Seattle’s emerging music scene, joining the likes of Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains.

Three years later, Soundgarden came out with the album “Superunknown,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Record in 1995. It included hit singles “Spoonman,” ”Fell on Black Days,” ”Black Hole Sun,” ”My Wave” and “The Day I Tried to Live.”

Soundgarden disbanded in 1997 due to tensions in the band, and Cornell pursued a solo career. In 2001, he joined Audioslave, a supergroup that included former Rage Against the Machine members Tom Morello, Brad Wilk and Tim Commerford. The band released three albums in six years and also performed at a concert billed as Cuba’s first outdoor rock concert by an American band, though some Cuban artists have disputed that claim.

Audioslave disbanded in 2007, but Cornell and Soundgarden reunited in 2012 and released the band’s sixth studio album, “King Animal” in 2012.

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.

Print Friendly

Leave a Comment

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




*

Navigate Right
Navigate Left
  • Chris Cornell lead singer of ‘Soundgarden’ dead at 52

    Showcase

    Gurriel hits a grand slam, in 7-2 victory

  • Chris Cornell lead singer of ‘Soundgarden’ dead at 52

    A&E

    In Retrospect: Finding a Third Way: The Four Feathers (1939)

  • Chris Cornell lead singer of ‘Soundgarden’ dead at 52

    A&E

    In Retrospect: A Question of Values: Hail, Caesar! (2016)

  • Chris Cornell lead singer of ‘Soundgarden’ dead at 52

    Community

    The Beautiful Struggle: Graduation Edition

  • Chris Cornell lead singer of ‘Soundgarden’ dead at 52

    Community

    Textbook sticker-shock free degree

  • Chris Cornell lead singer of ‘Soundgarden’ dead at 52

    News

    Omega Sigma top 100

  • Chris Cornell lead singer of ‘Soundgarden’ dead at 52

    A&E

    Fate or fade? ‘Furious’ Franchise steers toward crossroads

  • Chris Cornell lead singer of ‘Soundgarden’ dead at 52

    Community

    Student Gov changes structure

  • Chris Cornell lead singer of ‘Soundgarden’ dead at 52

    A&E

    REAL World Circus – Kurios by Cirque du Soleil

  • Chris Cornell lead singer of ‘Soundgarden’ dead at 52

    Showcase

    You have to win the close ones

The student news site of Houston Community College
Chris Cornell lead singer of ‘Soundgarden’ dead at 52