Cornell took own life: medical examiner

Carla Harmon
June 2, 2017

A medical examiner determined that Cornell killed himself by hanging in a Detroit hotel room following a concert on Wednesday. A full autopsy has not yet been completed as of Thursday afternoon. "There is no additional information at this time", the statement explained.

Police spokesman Michael Woody tells The Associated Press on Thursday morning that he can't provide details on what led investigators to make that determination, but noted there were "basic things observed at the scene".

Born in Seattle in 1964, Cornell founded Soundgarden in 1984.

Chris is survived by wife Vicky Karayiannis, with whom he has two children, daughter Toni and son Christopher.


Gavin Rossdale, the lead singer and guitarist of Bush, called Cornell a "great man".

"Chris Cornell he's like 12 years younger than me, he's my friend and we'd go out together for dinner". His death was ruled a suicide by hanging, and a publicist said the singer/guitarist's family was "shocked" by the news.

ET spoke to Cornell in April at the Los Angeles premiere of The Promise, where he shared that Soundgarden was working on a new album. "You may think Cornell's life has come to an end, but thanks to the work of a special friend, an unexpected twist concludes the clip".

Cornell was one of the leading voices of the 1990s grunge movement originating out of Seattle, joining the likes of Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice In Chains.


ClickonDetroit is additionally saying police told them he was found with something around his neck, and Fox 2 Detroit is saying "sources tell Fox 2 it could be a possible suicide." As well as fronting incredibly successful and influential bands, he also released a number of solo albums.

Soundgarden reunited in 2010.

After the band broke up in 1997, Cornell pursued a solo career - though only for a few years.

In 2006, his song "You Know My Name" for the film Casino Royale won a Golden Globe award.


Cornell formed Audioslave in 2001 with former Rage Against The Machine members Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk.

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