Watch Chris Cornell's final performance with Soundgarden

19 May, 2017, 17:38 | Author: Benny Bass
  • Soundgarden from left Kim Thayil Matt Cameron Chris Cornell and Ben Sheperd

There are fans who believe that his death is part of a bigger Chris Cornell conspiracy theory which, of course, can not be confirmed. Cornell, 52, who gained fame as the lead singer of the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave.

(Photo by Casey Curry/Invision/AP, File).

Besides Soundgarden, Cornell founded the early grunge band Temple of the Dog and sang with Audioslave - a supergroup with members of Rage Against the Machine.

(Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File).

Cornell had retired to his hotel room after performing with his main band, Soundgarden, at downtown Detroit's Fox Theatre.

According to Vicky Cornell, his wife, the singer showed no signs of depression or suicidal tendencies when they last spoke i.e. minutes before the concert. His death has been ruled as suicide by the Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office. A police spokesman told two Detroit newspapers that the singer was found with a band around his neck.

The reach of Chris Cornell's voice was not merely to the back of any stadium, theater or nightclub. 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.

Chris Cornell's family has issued a statement questioning the coroner's report that the singer intentionally took his own life on Thursday.

In a statement to The Associated Press, Brian Bumbery says Cornell died Wednesday night in Detroit.

"I don't even know what to say".

(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson). Flowers sit on a bench at the Sound Garden sculpture, for which the band Soundgarden was named, in Seattle's Magnuson Park in tribute to Chris Cornell, Thursday, May 18, 2017.

His songs such as "Fell on Black Days" and "The Day I Tried to Live" appeared to touch on his darkness, but Cornell would play down deeper meanings that listeners heard in his lyrics.

Of the bands in grunge's big four (the other three being Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains) it was hard to deny that Soundgarden had the most technically accomplished front-man, certainly as a vocalist.

Cornell was roommates with Andrew Wood, lead singer of the Mother Love Bone, who died of a heroin overdose in 1990.

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