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Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell passes away at the age of 52

19 May 2017

Cornell's wife called a family friend to check on him Wednesday night, and the friend found Cornell unresponsive in his room at Detroit's MGM Grand Hotel.

Megadeth paid a special tribute to Chris Cornell during a gig in Japan on Thursday night, hours after learning the Soundgarden singer had died.

The Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office has ruled the death of musician Chris Cornell as a suicide, saying he was hanged.

"Chris Cornell died today", Mustaine told the audience. While there was reportedly no note found at the scene, Detroit police are now investigating his death as a possible suicide.

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"What I look forward to the most - because I tour so much, especially the last couple of years, by myself - is the camaraderie". The band had been in the middle of a US tour. He regrouped with Soundgarden three years later and maintained a steady flow of album releases and an global touring schedule.

"With Soundgarden, we were always looking to do a bunch of things at the same time, separately and as a band and, with my voice being known to be versatile, I don't know if you could tell, 'It's that band, it's that guy, ' " Mr. Cornell told the paper.

But he said in 2007 that he had been sober since checking himself into rehab in 2002.

There will be great rock acts again, there will be spectacular voices pained by sex and drugs and depression, and there will be people who fit into his lineage, just like Cornell fit into Plant's.

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Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page led tributes yesterday to Cornell, calling him on Twitter "Incredibly Talented, Incredibly Young, Incredibly Missed".

Tributes from around the world have been spreading across the internet, most notably from friends and fellow artists, all of whom are sharing their experiences of the man, and their reaction to the bad loss that is felt by his death.

Fans also turned to Cornell's final Facebook post, where he quoted Soundgarden lyrics that seem wrenching in light of his death: "I'm the shape of the hole/Inside your heart". It was a gift he put to good use with Soundgarden, as well as with Audioslave, the band he founded with members of Rage Against the Machine in the years after Soundgarden's 1997 break-up (he also sang with Temple of the Dog, an early '90s collaboration with members of Pearl Jam). Soundgarden's current tour kicked off in late April and was planned to run through May 27.

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