UPDATE: Cornell’s death is now confirmed to be a result of “suicide by hanging.”
Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell has tragically passed away at the age of 52. Cornell’s body was found in his hotel room at the MGM Grand Casino Hotel while he was on tour in Detroit, MI. His death is being investigated as a possible suicide. R.I.P.
Cornell’s publicist Brian Bumbery told Associated Press the following:
“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.”
A representative for the Detroit Police also issued a statement to Variety:
“At 12 a.m. [local time], we received a 911 call from the MGM Grand Casino Hotel. It appears as though a family friend was checking up on Cornell at his wife’s request. He went to hotel and discovered him unresponsive on the bathroom floor. Police made the location with EMS, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
At present our investigation is leaning toward the possibility of suicide, but we must wait for a medical report to determine the cause of death. At this time we cannot release too much information about what we observed in Cornell’s hotel room or what led us to this conclusion.”
Footage of his final live appearance at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, MI last night (May 17) is available below: