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Chris Cornell, former vocalist for Soundgarden and Audioslave, has died aged 52

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Chris Cornell has died at 52

Chris Cornell has suddenly died at the age of 52, according to his representative Brian Bumbery. The Associated Press received a statement from Cornell’s representative a few hours ago, detailing that the vocalist had suddenly passed away in Detroit on Wednesday evening.

According to the statement, the sudden passing has shocked the entirety of Cornell’s family. No details about the death are yet known, and the family has asked for privacy as medical examiners attempt to determine the cause of death.

Chris Cornell is famous for his vocal performances spanning decades. One of the founders of Soundgarden, Cornell would go on to voice classic numbers such as Black Hole Sun and Call me a Dog. He eventually moved over to Audioslave – joining the remaining members of Rage Against the Machine. He later went solo, producing two albums, one of which was with Timberland. He also wrote and performed the theme song to Casino Royale, the first of Daniel Craig’s James Bond films.

If you’ll excuse me, I’ll be crying into a pillow listening to Cochise fro the rest of the day.

Last Updated: May 18, 2017


  1. I was just starting to get excited about a possible Audioslave reunion 🙁


  2. Jac7

    May 18, 2017 at 11:24

    Ah no man. This day has officially turned into a Monday. Saddest news :'(


  3. Original Heretic

    May 18, 2017 at 11:33

    This man had an amazing singing voice. He made great music, in band and solo.
    farewell to another of the greats.


  4. Skyblue

    May 18, 2017 at 12:07

    Temple of the Dog was a band formed to honour the lead singer of Mother Love Bone when he passed away shortly before their debut album was to be released. The remaining members joined up for a tribute album with Chris Cornell and Eddie Vedder and later went on to form Pearl Jam while Chris returned to Soundgarden. There was not a song called TotD that I am aware of.

    This is tragic news as Chris had one of the most powerful and soulful voices in music and I have been an ardent fan since the early 90’s. I had the immense pleasure of watching him perform live in 2008 where he performed many Soundgarden and Audioslave classics.

    RIP, your music will live on


    • Alessandro Barbosa

      May 18, 2017 at 16:09

      I was recalling a cover Chris did of Call me a Dog and twisted the two. Which, coincidentally, was originally recorded by Temple of the Dog (both written and performed by Chris too) XD Corrected, and thanks!


      • Skyblue

        May 18, 2017 at 16:28

        No worries. Just a tender spot for me. I’ve been a huge fan of his for over 25yrs. Heartbroken actually.


  5. Francois Knoetze

    May 18, 2017 at 12:12

    NOOOOOOOOO!! Dammit! I love Chris’ music and grew up with Audioslave


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