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Chris Cornell (born Christopher John Boyle) (July 20, 1964 – May 17, 2017) was an American musician, singer and songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter and rhythm guitarist for Seattle rock band Soundgarden and as lead vocalist and songwriter for the group Audioslave. He was also known for his numerous solo works and soundtrack contributions since 1991, and as founder and frontman for Temple of the Dog, the one-off tribute band dedicated to his late friend Andrew Wood.
In a statement, Cornell’s representative Brian Bumbery said his death was “sudden and unexpected”.
It also said the family would be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause and asked for privacy.
Cornell died shortly after playing a concert with Soundgarden in Detroit on Wednesday evening.
The show was part of a wider tour and the group had a number of live dates scheduled for later this month.
“His wife Vicky and family were shocked to learn of his sudden and unexpected passing, and they will be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause,” the statement read. “They would like to thank his fans for their continuous love and loyalty and ask that their privacy be respected at this time.”
The Grammy-winning rocker had performed Wednesday night at the Fox Theatre in Detroit.