R.I.P. Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell (1964-2017)

R.I.P. Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell (1964-2017)

Terrible news for music fans worldwide as Soundgarden‘s frontman Chris Cornell passed away yesterday night at the age of 52.

Blabbermouth reports in part as follows:

SOUNDGARDEN singer Chris Cornell died Wednesday night, his representative has confirmed.

The representative, Brian Bumbery, called Cornell‘s passing “sudden and unexpected.” He added in a statement: “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. They would like to thank his fans for their continuous love and loyalty and ask that their privacy be respected at this time.”

The 52-year-old musician was in Detroit where he performed with SOUNDGARDEN at the Fox Theatre.”

Wikipedia states the following in part about Cornell (with slight edits):

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.

Cornell was known for his role as one of the architects of the 1990s grunge movement, for his extensive catalog as a songwriter and for his near four octave vocal range as well as his powerful vocal belting technique. He released four solo studio albums, Euphoria Morning (1999), Carry On (2007), Scream (2009), Higher Truth (2015) and the live album Songbook (2011). 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”. He was voted “Rock’s Greatest Singer” by readers of Guitar World, ranked 4th in the list of “Heavy Metal’s All-Time Top 100 Vocalists” by Hit Parader, 9th in the list of “Best Lead Singers of All Time” by Rolling Stone, and 12th in MTV‘s “22 Greatest Voices in Music”.”

Soundgarden‘s Spoonman” video:

Soundgarden – Spoonman

Music video by Soundgarden performing Spoonman. (C) 1994 A&M Records