Rocker Chris Cornell killed himself by hanging

Chris Cornell, the unmistakable voice and frontman of the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, died overnight in Detroit at the age of 52.

Cornell, 52, was in Detroit performing with Soundgarden, which had embarked on a USA tour in April.

Cornell died Wednesday night in Detroit, his representative Brian Bumbery said in a statement that called the musician’s passing “sudden and unexpected”, the paper said.

The Wayne County Medical Examiner’s office will make an official determination about the cause of death. Cornell’s wife called a family friend and asked him to check on Cornell’s well-being, police told the station.

Rocker Dave Navarro mourned the loss of Cornell, tweeting: “Such a bad and sad loss!” Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry tweeted: “Very sad news about Chris Cornell today”.

With his powerful, almost 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.

Soundgarden’s next album, 1994’s “Superunknown“, was an even bigger success than its predecessor and sported a number of popular tracks such as “Spoonman”, “Black Hole Sun”, “Fell on Black Days” and “The Day I Tried to Live“.

The music world is in shock at the death of Cornell at 52. The group disbanded in 1997 and released a greatest hits compilation the same year.

In 2012, Soundgarden returned with its first studio album in about a decade and a half – a fact NPR’s Rachel Martin mentioned in a 2015 interview with Cornell, shortly after he had just released a new solo album.

In 2001, Cornell joined with three former members of Rage Against the Machine to form Audioslave. He also released the single “The Promise” in March on iTunes, with all proceeds going to the International Rescue Committee, a global humanitarian aid, relief, and development non-governmental organization.

FILE – In this September 23, 2011, file photo, musician Chris Cornell is shown in NY.