Bumbery called the death “sudden and unexpected” and said his wife and family were shocked by it. The statement said the family would be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause and asked for privacy.
Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Cornell was one of the chief architects of the grunge movement. He was the lead singer of Soundgarden which has the distinction of being the first grunge band to sign to a major label (A&M in 1988), paving the way for the likes of Nirvana and Pearl Jam.
The band’s biggest album, Superunknown, 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.” When the group disbanded in 1997, Cornell pursued a solo career before forming the supergroup Audioslave with former Rage Against the Machine members Tom Morello, Brad Wilk and Tim Commerford.
In 2012, Chris reunited with Soundgarden and released the band’s sixth studio album, King Animal.
Our condolences go out to Cornell’s family, friends and bandmates.
UPDATE: A medical examiner made the announcement that Cornell committed suicide by hanging. Chris was reportedly found with “a band around his neck.”
Soundgarden ‘Black Hole Sun’ Music Video
Audioslave ‘Like A Stone’ Music Video