May you rest in eternal peace and forever stay in our hearts.
Musician Chris Cornell, 52, was found dead on Wednesday night in his hotel room at MGM Grand hotel and casino in Detroit hours after he had performed in town. His untimely departure was ruled a suicide by hanging by the Wayne County medical examiner.
The ex-front man of grunge band Soundgarden, along with his ex-bandmates, was credited as among the pioneers of the grunge music genre and subculture that had emerged from Seattle in the early ‘90s, together with Pearl Jam, Nirvana and Alice in Chains.
The band’s fourth studio album Superunknown was as a critical and commercial success, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard 200. The hit Black Hole Sun received the award for Best Hard Rock Performance at 1995’s Grammy Awards. VH1 ranked the single No. 25 of 100 Greatest Songs of the ’90s.
After the band went their own way in 1997, Cornell took up the endeavour as a solo artist, often showing his vocal prowess in live performances, be it unplugged or with the backing of a full band.
Cornell returned to mainstream consciousness in the early 2000s when he formed rock supergroup Audioslave with ex-band members of Rage Against the Machine. Like a Stone from the eponymous debut album topped Billboard’s Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks and Hot Modern Rock Tracks charts in 2003.
He was also among a very select group of artists who have a James Bond theme song to their name. He co-wrote and performed You Know My Name for Casino Royale (2006).
Voted by Guitar World readers in 2013 as rock’s greatest singer, his raspy vocal that spanned four octaves will forever stay with us.