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Chris Cornell: Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman dies aged 52

Laura  Barnes
Chris Cornell: Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman dies aged 52

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Chris Cornell has died suddenly and unexpectedly at the age of 52.

He was best known as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of Seattle rock band Soundgarden as well as the frontman of rock supergroup Audiosalve.

In a statement to the Associated Press, Cornell’s representative, Brian Bumbery, revealed that the musician died on Wednesday night in Detroit.

Cornell died just hours after performing a sold-out concert with Soundgarden.
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Bumbery said the death was “sudden and unexpected” and said Cornell’s wife and family were shocked.

The statement said the family would be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause, and asked for privacy.

Born in 1964 and raised in Seattle, Cornell was known for his important part in the 1990s grunge movement. As well has his work with Soundgarden and Audioslave, Cornell also released four solo albums throughout his career.

Cornell received a Golden Globe Award nomination for his song "The Keeper" which appeared in the film Machine Gun Preacher and co-wrote and performed the theme song to the James Bond film Casino Royale (2006), "You Know My Name".

Tags: soundgarden , obituary , chris cornell , Audioslave

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