Medical Examiner Says Rocker Chris Cornell Hanged Himself
(CNN) — Chris Cornell, lead singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave, hanged himself, the Wayne County (Michigan) Medical Examiner’s Office announced Thursday in a statement.
The cause of death has been determined as suicide by hanging, the statement said, adding that a “full autopsy report has not yet been completed.”
Cornell, 52, died Wednesday night after performing in Detroit.
A family friend called 911 around midnight Thursday after he went to check on Cornell and found the musician “unresponsive” on the bathroom floor at the MGM Grand hotel, Detroit police spokesman Michael Woody said. Emergency medical personnel arrived, and Cornell was pronounced dead at the scene, he said.
Cornell was in Detroit performing with Soundgarden on a US tour that kicked off last month. His passing was “sudden and unexpected,” his representative, Brian Bumbery, said in a statement to CNN.
“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,” the statement read. “They would like to thank his fans for their continuous love and loyalty and ask that their privacy be respected at this time.”
The Grammy-winning rocker had performed Wednesday night at the Fox Theatre in Detroit.
The last song ever performed live by Chris Cornell, the same night he was found dead, was a song about death. The opening lyrics say: In my time of dying, I want nobody to mourn. All I want for you to do is take my body home.
The song was a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “In My Time Of Dying.”
“Full set with an encore. Nothing odd. Outstanding performance,” Bill Lowe of Port Clinton, Ohio, said, describing the show in a text message to CNN.