Chris Cornell's death ruled a suicide; Soundgarden cancels Colorado concert

News services Updated: May 19, 2017 at 8:02 am • Published: May 18, 2017 0

Rocker Chris Cornell, who gained fame as the lead singer of the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, has died, and officials said Thursday that his death is ruled a suicide by hanging.

Cornell was on tour with Soundgarden, which was scheduled to play at Denver's Fillmore Auditorium on Monday. Concert promoter Live Nation announced on Thursday morning that Soundgarden canceled its Denver concert.

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A medical examiner has determined that Cornell killed himself by hanging in a Detroit hotel room following a concert.

A full autopsy report was not yet completed Thursday afternoon.

Two Detroit newspapers had earlier cited a police spokesman Cornell was found with "a band around his neck."

A different Detroit Police spokesman, Michael Woody, told The Associated Press Thursday that he could not confirm that Cornell died with a band around his neck.

The Detroit Free Press reported that Detroit police social media manager Dontae Freeman said Cornell was found dead in a hotel room at the MGM Grand Detroit hotel with "a band around his neck." The Detroit News cited Freeman in a similar report.

The 52-year-old Cornell had just performed with Soundgarden at Detroit's Fox Theatre.

Cornell’s representative Brian Bumbery called the death “sudden and unexpected” and said his wife and family are in shock.

Bumbery said Cornell’s wife had called a family friend and asked him to check on Cornell; the friend forced open a hotel room door and found Cornell on the bathroom floor.

News of Cornell’s death prompted scores of tweets expressing sadness. Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry tweeted: “Very sad news about Chris Cornell today. A sad loss of a great talent to the world, his friends and family. Rest In Peace.”

With his powerful, nearly four-octave vocal range, Cornell was one of the leading voices of the 1990s grunge movement with Soundgarden, which emerged as one of the biggest bands out of Seattle’s emerging music scene, joining the likes of Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains.

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