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Chris Cornell’s Death Ruled a Suicide

Chris Cornell at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. Photo credit: gdcgraphics

The death of Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell has been ruled a suicide by the medical examiner on the case, reports the Associated Press.

Cornell died Wednesday night in a Detroit hotel room, hours after Soundgarden performed at the Fox Theatre as part of the band’s headlining North American tour.

Soundgarden was at the forefront of the grunge movement of the 1990s, being the first grunge band to sign to a major label deal (1988). Their 1994 album Superunknown debuted at #1 on the Billboard chart and yielded the Grammy-winning singles “Black Hole Sun” and “Spoonman”. Cornell was also the lead vocalist and songwriter for Audioslave and founder and frontman for Temple of the Dog. He released five solo albums throughout his career.

Cornell is survived by his wife Vicky and his three children. He was 52.

Soundgarden performs “Black Hole Sun” Wednesday night at Detroit’s Fox Theatre:

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