Best known as the lead singer for Soundgarden and Audioslave, Chris Cornell has died.
In a statement, Cornell’s representative Brian Bumbery said his death was “sudden and unexpected”.
It also said the family would be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause and asked for privacy.
— Chris Cornell (@chriscornell) May 18, 2017
Celebrities say goodbye to Chris Cornell:
— Elton John (@eltonofficial) May 18, 2017
RIP Chris Cornell
Incredibly Missed. pic.twitter.com/pKNI4tKiXz
— Jimmy Page (@JimmyPage) May 18, 2017
Cornell was born on 20 July, 1964. As a solo artist, he released four studio albums.
In 2001, he joined rock supergroup Audioslave, which consisted of Cornell on lead vocals, together with Rage Against The Machine members Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk (drums).
The group released three albums – all of which reached the top 20 in the UK – but disbanded in 2007.
Cornell was most noted as the lead singer of Seattle band Soundgarden, which formed in 1984 and went on to release six studio albums. Soundgarden confirmed they were to record new material and a tour was announced for this year. Soundgarden’s most successful album in the UK was 1994’s Superunknown, which reached number four in the chart.
Cornell died shortly after playing a concert with Soundgarden in Detroit on Wednesday evening.
Chris Cornell’s last performance: