The music world is in mourning because a very well known rock legend has very unexpectedly passed away. Frontman for Soundgarden and Audioslave as well as a solo artist, Chris Cornell has died at a very young age of 52. A statement has been given to the Associated Press by his representative, Brian Bumbery, in which he has stated that Cornell died on Wednesday night in Detroit.
Bumbery called the death “sudden and unexpected” and said his wife and family were shocked. The statement said the family would be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause, and asked for privacy.
According to BBC, Cornell died soon after performing at a concert with Soundgarden in Detroit on Wednesday evening. The Guardian pointed out that Cornell had been tweeting messages regarding his sold out concert merely hours before his death. The show was part of a larger tour that the band was supposed to do later this month.
Love has been pouring in from other musicians who had the pleasure of knowing Cornell. Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple and Black Sabbath tweeted: “So very, very sad that we lost another beautifully gifted human today. RIP brother.” Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Dave Navarro also paid tribute. “SO, SO stunned to hear about Chris Cornell! Such a terrible and sad loss! Thinking of his family tonight! RIP,” he tweeted.
From solo records to soundtracks, rock-fueled anthems to gorgeous, mellow acoustic interpretations and sizzling collaborations, Cornell was a courageous artist who went beyond labels and genres and found following across generations. May he rest in eternal peace.