As you may have already seen in the news today, Chris Cornell, the lead singer of Sound Garden has passed away on Wednesday night in Detroit. He was found just hours after completing a sold out show in Detroit.
Cornell was the lead singer of the iconic 90’s rock group, Soundgarden. He also later teamed up with members of Rage Against The Machine to form the supergroup Audioslave.
He was initially married to the manager of Alice in Chains and Sound Garden, Susan Silver. They had a daughter together in 2000. The couple divorced back in 2004. Cornell then married his second wife, Vicky who was an publicist.
The couple had a daughter in September 2004 then a son in 2005. Cornell converted to Greek Orthodox following his wives influence.
The singers death was confirmed by the Wayne county Medical Examiners office.
In a statement, Chirs Cornell’s representative Brian Bumbery had said his death was “sudden and unexpected”.
Although Bumbery said the musician’s family would be “working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause,” a spokesman for the Detroit Police Department has said that the death seemed to be an “apparent suicide.”
In a statement, the Detroit police said:
“He was found on the bathroom floor, our medical unit were called and he was pronounced dead on scene. A family friend went to go check on him and observed him on the bathroom floor. The body was transferred to the medical examiner’s office.”
In the past, Cornell had spoken about his struggle with substance abuse, however recent tweets indicated that he was excited about his current tour.
In a previous interview when asked about his addiction he said, “It was a long period of coming to the realization that this way (sober) is better. Going through rehab, honestly, did help … it got me away from just the daily drudgery of depression and either trying to not drink or do drugs or doing them and you know, they give you such a simple message that any idiot can get and it’s just over and over, but the bottom line is really, and this is the part that is scary for everyone, the individual kinda has to want it … not kinda, you have to want it and to not do that crap anymore or you will never stop and it will just kill you.”
This Sunday, Cornell took to Twitter to wish his wife a Happy Mothers Day.
He posted a picture of a bunch of roses to his wife Vicky Karayiannis, along with a touching message.
— Chris Cornell (@chriscornell) May 14, 2017
His touching Tweet said: To my @vickycornell you are an angel and a lioness. The perfect mother and the perfect wife. I love you! Happy #MothersDay2017
Chris and Vicky were married for 13 years and had two children together.
In statement, Recording Academy President Neil Portnow calledCornell “one of the influential originators of the 1990s Seattle grunge scene” whose “dynamic stage presence and impressive vocal range made him a true rock-and-roll icon.”
This morning and afternoon celebrities including Elton John and Jimmy Page have taken to Twitter to express their condolences.
— Elton John (@eltonofficial) May 18, 2017
Sad to hear about Chris Cornell . Was literally listening to soundgarden last night on the plane, great singer !
— Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) May 18, 2017
RIP Chris Cornell
Incredibly Missed. pic.twitter.com/pKNI4tKiXz
— Jimmy Page (@JimmyPage) May 18, 2017