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Cornell's death leads to cancellation of rock fest

Cornell's death leads to cancellation of rock fest

The singer, who also fronted Audioslave, died last night (17 May) aged 52. The Soundgarden frontman died on Wednesday, May 17, after performing a sold-out concert with the band in Detroit.

Fans and loved ones of rocker Chris Cornell are reeling after his shocking and unexpected death at age 52.

'The cause of death has been determined as hanging by suicide (sic).

According to the Detroit Free Press, police are investigating his death as a suicide.

Vicky Karayiannis received a heartfelt Mother's Day message from her husband, rock legend Chris Cornell, calling her an "angel and a lioness". Bumbery also stated that Cornell's family will be working close with the medical examiner and requests privacy in this devastating period. In a Mother's Day message on Twitter, he called her the "perfect mother and the ideal wife".

News of Cornell's death prompted scores of tweets expressing sadness. A sad loss of a great talent to the world, his friends and family.

Cornell was one of the founding members of Soundgarden in 1984, and was the lead singer until 1997 when the band announced it was breaking up.

Cornell formed Soundgarden in the mid-1980s with Hiro Yamamoto, Kim Thayil, and Matt Cameron.

His decades-long career as a solo artist as well as leader singer and guitarist for both Soundgarden and Audioslave means he leaves behind a massive body of work.

Three years later, Soundgarden broke through on mainstream radio with the album "Superunknown", which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Record in 1995. Hear just how far Cornell and Soundgarden's influence could be felt in D'Angelo's rendition of their classic, "Black Hole Sun", below.

He had spoken openly in interviews of his struggles with drugs as a teenager, and later with alcohol. From 2001 to 2007, he was the lead singer of Audioslave, which consisted of Rage Against the Machine members after their lead singer, Zack de la Rocha, left in 2000, and he reunited with Soundgarden in 2011.

Besides being the lead vocalist for Soundgarden, Chris Cornell added his unique sound to a one-shot album tribute to a good friend.

"It was a pretty dark album lyrically and pretty depressing, and I was going through a really hard time in my life - my band wasn't together anymore, my marriage was falling apart and I was dealing with it by drinking way too much, and that has its own problems, particularly with depression", he told Rolling Stone in 2015.