[UPDATED] Soundgarden Frontman Chris Cornell 1964 – 2017



  • May 18, 2017 • 10:45 am PDT

    Chris Cornell committed suicide by hanging after Soundgarden’s concert in Detroit according to the medical examiner as per the Associated Press.

Incredibly tragic news broke this morning as famed vocalist Chris Cornell has died at age 52. Cornell had just performed with Soundgarden last night in Detroit and word of his death was confirmed by representative Brian Bumbery to CNN. Bumbery described Chris’s passing as “sudden and unexpected” and wrote, “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.”

Chris Cornell was born Christopher John Boyle in Seattle on July 20, 1964. The vocalist founded Soundgarden in 1984 with bassist Hiro Yamamoto and guitarist Kim Thayil. While Scott Sundquist was the band’s first drummer, the position soon went to Matt Cameron who has been behind the kit for Soundgarden ever since. The group signed to Sub Pop and in the early ’90s was one of a number of Seattle bands that rose to prominence as part of the grunge movement with contemporaries Alice In Chains, Nirvana and Pearl Jam.

Soundgarden’s first big hit record was Badmotorfinger in 1991, an LP that contained such beloved songs as “Outshined,” “Rusty Cage” and “Jesus Christ Pose.” Superunknown was an even bigger success both commercially and critically thanks to huge hits “Spoonman” and “Black Hole Sun.” The album debuted at #1 upon its release in 1994. Cornell and his mates disbanded the group in 1997. In 2010 they reunited and have played sporadically since.

Cornell was also a frontman for two other notable projects: Temple Of The Dog and Audioslave. The former featured Seattle musicians paying tribute to Cornell’s former roommate, the late Andrew Wood of Mother Love Bone, while the latter saw Chris lead the members of Rage Against The Machine sans Zach De La Rocha. Cornell also released a series of solo albums including 2015’s Higher Truth. Our thoughts are with Chris Cornell’s friends and family.

Watch a Soundgarden concert from 2012:

  • 01 Searching With My Good Eye Closed
  • 02 Spoonman
  • 03 Gun
  • 04 Jesus Christ Pose
  • 05 Black Hole Sun
  • 06 Outshined
  • 07 Hunted Down
  • 08 Drawing Flies
  • 09 Blow Up the Outside World
  • 10 Fell on Black Days
  • 11 Ugly Truth
  • 12 My Wave
  • 13 The Day I Tried to Live
  • 14 Beyond the Wheel
  • 15 Let Me Drown
  • 16 Pretty Noose
  • 17 Superunknown
  • 18 4th of July
  • Encore
  • 19 Rusty Cage
  • 20 Slaves & Bulldozers/(In My Time of Dying)