Fellow Musicians React To The Death Of Soundgarden Frontman Chris Cornell

The grunge icon was 52 years old.

The music world has lost another one of the greats. Chris Cornell, frontman for the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, passed away Wednesday night at age 52.

Cornell's representative released a statement saying his death was "sudden and unexpected," adding that his family would be "working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause." Hours before his death, the singer had performed a concert with Soundgarden in Detroit. The theater where the band played shared photos from the gig on Twitter.


Soundgarden, formed in 1984, made Cornell an icon of grunge rock music in the 1990s. The Grammy-winning band, known for such songs as "Outshined" and "Black Hole Sun," disbanded in 1997, but later reunited and released a sixth studio album in 2012. Cornell and fellow band members Kim Thayil, Ben Shepherd, and Matt Cameron were on tour when the singer died.

In the years before the band's reunion, Cornell released five solo albums, and in 2001, he and former members of the band Rage Against the Machine formed Audioslave. They released three albums, featuring songs such as "Like A Stone" and "Be Yourself," before parting ways in 2007. 

Cornell, who was known for his nearly four-octave vocal range, also formed the band Temple of the Dog in 1991 as a tribute to late musician Andrew Wood. Although they only released one album, the band reunited for a tour in 2016.

Billboard also points out Cornell's philanthropy, as in 2012 he started the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation, which benefits children facing difficult circumstances such as homelessness and abuse.

News of Cornell's death hit the music community hard, as several artists who knew and admired the singer took to Twitter to share tributes. You can read a few of them below.

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