Chris Cornell suddenly and unexpectedly passed away on Wednesday, May 17, in Detroit. He was at the MGM Grand casino.
Dontae Freeman, a spokesperson for the Detroit Police Department, said that officers responded to a call for a suicide at the MGM Grand for a white man, who was later pronounced dead at the scene. Freeman would not confirm the victim’s name.
Cornell was initially found by a family friend after Cornell’s wife asked someone to check up on him. After the friend forced his entrance into Cornell’s room, he was round with a band around his neck, thus furthering the preliminary determination of an “apparent suicide”.
At 20 years old, Cornell helped form Soundgarden in the mid-1980s in Seattle, Washington. The group’s first record was released in 1897 titled “Hunted Down” with another album, “Ultramega OK”, a year later.
Also during that time, other famous rock bands were gaining traction. Such as Nirvana and Pearl Jam, those two bands along with Soundgarden helped shape and form high-octane, high-angst rock ‘n’ roll.
In 1997, Soundgarden broke up after years of making music and touring. But, then in 2010 they reformed and picked up right where they left off. The released an album “King Animal” 12 years since their last album.
Just before his death, Cornell was active on social media with posts to both his Twitter and Facebook page.
From previous interviews with Rolling Stone and The Guardian, Cornell is on record to admit to his drug use and his struggle with opiates.
To read more about this, please read this article from the New York Times.