"The cause of death has been determined as suicide by hanging".
Soundgarden was the scheduled headliner for Pointfest on Saturday in Maryland Heights, Missouri.
He was scheduled to perform at the Rock The Range music festival in Columbus in OH over the weekend. The Columbus Dispatch reports that Rock on the Range will go on without Soundgarden.
The friend apparently forced open the hotel room's door and found the singer unconscious. "A full autopsy report has not yet been completed".
A different Detroit Police spokesman, Michael Woody, told The Associated Press Thursday that he could not confirm that Cornell died with a band around his neck.
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The singer had posted about the show on Twitter just eight hours before his death was announced, reported BuzzFeed News. An autopsy is being conducted Thursday and some information from it is expected to be released later in the day, Wayne County spokeswoman Lisa Croff said.
The School's Out singer said on Thursday: "Chris Cornell, in our circle, was known as The Voice because he had the best voice in rock and roll".
Cornell was on tour and performed Wednesday night in Detroit with Soundgarden.
Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Cornell was one of the main movers and shakers of the grunge movement, forming Soundgarden with guitarist Kim Thayil and bassist Hiro Yamamoto in 1984.
Woody says Cornell died at the MGM Grand Detroit hotel.
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Cornell's wife asked a friend to check on Cornell, according to the Detroit News. The Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman was found on the bathroom floor of his hotel room in Detroit following Soundgarden's performance at the Fox Theatre.
The 52-year-old Cornell was on tour and performed Wednesday night in Detroit with Soundgarden.
The Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office has ruled the death of musician Chris Cornell as a suicide, saying he was hanged.
Chris Cornell (above), who tapped on his four-octave range to rock fans as the lead singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave, has died at age 52.
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