Chris Cornell, the 52-year-old lead singer of the rock band ‘Soundgarden’ was found dead in his MGM Grand Detroit hotel Wednesday night to the complete shock of family and friends.
As reported by Fox News, the singer’s death which is being called “sudden and unexpected” has authorities looking into the possibly of suicide according to Detroit Police spokesman Michael Woody, who noted without going into greater detail that ‘basic things observed at the scene’ may indicate that Cornell took his own life.
Cornell’s body was discovered after his wife contacted a family friend and asked him to check on her husband. Reportedly, once the friend arrived at the hotel he forced entry into the room and found the deceased singer on the bathroom floor.
In addition to his work with the band Soundgarden, Cornell is known as the lead singer of ‘Audioslave’ which included former members of ‘Rage Against the Machine’ and his collaborative work with the band ‘Temple of the Dog‘ which featured some members of the Seattle-based band ‘Pearl Jam.’
Police spokesman Michael Woody tells The Associated Press on Thursday morning that he can’t provide details on what led investigators to make that determination, but noted there were “basic things observed at the scene.”
Cornell was one of the leading voices of the 1990s grunge movement with Soundgarden. The band 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.
In addition to his music, Cornell also became involved in philanthropy and started the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation to support children facing challenges, including homelessness, poverty, abuse and neglect.