Lead Singer Of Soundgarden, Chris Cornell, Sadly Passes Away At 52

Legendary Rock Star Chris Cornell has unexpectedly died at the age of 52. Frontman of bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, he was hailed as having one of the best singing voices in rock today.

Brian Bumbery in a statement to The Associated Press said Chris Cornell, on tour with Soundgarden died on Wednesday night, calling the death “sudden and unexpected” saying Cornell’s wife and family were shocked. Cause of death in still unknown at this stage and the family says they will work closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause and asked for privacy at this time.

Soundgarden was formed by Chris Cornell, Kim Thayil and Hiro Yamamoto in Seattle 1984, other notable bands formed during this period were Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains. Their third album Badmotorfinger spawned the popular singles Jesus Christ Pose, Rusty Cage and Outshined, each receiving regular play on alternative rock stations at the time.

Soundgarden gained commercial success in 1995 with the album Superunknown, The album included the hit singles Black Hole Sun, Fell on Black Day, Spoonman, My Wave and The Day I Tried. Debuting at number 1 on the billboard 200 and a nomination for a Grammy for Best Rock Album of the year. Blackhole Sun won best Hard Rock performance and Spoonman best metal performance respectively.

Due to internal tensions within Soundgarden, the band disbanded in 1997 and Chris Cornell went on to pursue a solo career. 2001 saw Chris Cornell join Audioslave, a rock supergroup including the former Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk. Audioslave released three albums over the next six years. Audioslave called it a day in 2007.

During this time Cornell and composer David Arnold collaborated on the song “You Know My Name” which Cornell co-wrote and performed for the opening Titles of the 2006 James Bond Movie Casino Royale. The song was the first Bond theme since 1983’s Octopussy to use a different title than the film, and the first ever theme song for Bond sung by an American male. Chris Cornell reunited with Soundgarden in 2012, releasing the band’s sixth official studio Album King Animal that same year.