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Chris Cornell performing with Temple of the Dog in 2011 at PJ20 in East Troy, Wisconsin; Photo: YouTube


Chris Cornell, the front man for grunge band Soundgarden and metal band Audioslave, has died at 52 due to an “apparent suicide,” reports the New York Times.

Soundgarden came up with other angsty 80s bands Nirvana and Pearl Jam in Seattle. And since then, three of their studio albums have been certified platinum. Their breakup in 1997 could really just be considered a hiatus because they seamlessly brought themselves back together in 2010 and began touring again.

On Wednesday night, the night of his death, Cornell’s wife called a family friend to check on him at the MGM Grand casino where he was staying. The family friend had to force his way into the Cornell’s casino room and found him unresponsive on the bathroom floor with a band around his neck.

Cornell’s representative, Brian Bumbery, called the singer’s death “sudden and unexpected” and said the family will be “working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause,” to see whether it was in fact death by suicide. The authorities have not confirmed yet that the person was Cornell, but the description and date of birth match those of Cornell’s.

Earlier on Wednesday, Cornell tweeted that the band had arrived in Detroit. This would be the last tweet he posted, possibly the last word the public heard from him besides the band’s concert that night.

And ironically enough, during that concert, the last song he ever sang onstage was Led Zeppelin’s “In My Time of Dying,” reports CNN.

In my time of dying, want nobody to mourn
All I want for you to do is take my body home
Well, well, well, so I can die easy,
Well, well, well, so I can die easy

Below is Cornell’s award-winning song “You Know My Name,” which he wrote for Casino Royale. Also watch the video for one of Soundgarden’s biggest songs, “Black Hole Sun.”