The Grammy-winning rock star had performed Wednesday night at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. He ended his performance with a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “In My Time of Dying” and was later found dead in his hotel room’s bathroom floor. The cops are suspecting that Chris took his own life.
Brian Bumbery, Cornell’s representative, released a statement on the singer’s death:
“Chris Cornell passed away late last night in Detroit, MI. His wife Vicky and family were shocked to learn of his sudden and unexpected passing, and they will be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause. They would like to thank his fans for their continuous love and loyalty and ask that their privacy be respected at this time.”
According to Channel 4 Detroit, Cornell’s wife Vicky called a family friend and asked him to check on her husband.
The friend then forced open Cornell’s hotel room door and found him lifeless in the bathroom.
A spokesman of police said: “He was found on the bathroom floor, our medical unit were called and he was pronounced dead on scene.”
Chris Cornell, the front man of the aforementioned “grunge” bands is also a guitarist and a composer. Some of the hits that will forever remain in fans’ memories are ‘Like a Stone‘ by Audioslave and ‘Spoonman’ by Soundgarden.
In his death, Cornell becomes another one in a line of lead singers from major grunge rock bands to pass away. Kurt Cobain of Nirvana was found dead in his Seattle home back in 1994 where his death was ruled that he took his own life with a shotgun; and Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots died of an accidental overdose in 2015.