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Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell dead at age 52

Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell dead at age 52

"They need to be kind of real and they need to have a beginning, middle and an end", Cornell said of songwriting in a 2015 interview with The Associated Press.

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.

Authorities say Cornell hanged himself in a Detroit hotel room Wednesday following a Soundgarden concert. He ended his performance with a cover of Led Zeppelin's "In My Time of Dying".

There's really not much more to say here: Flavorwire is as shocked by Cornell's death as everyone else. In a statement to several media outlets, his representative Brian Bumbery confirmed Cornell's death calling it "sudden and unexpected".

The 52-year-old rocker, who first gained fame as the lead singer of Soundgarden and later the band Audioslave, passed away Wednesday night, a rep for the singer told the Associated Press.

In the late 1990s, Chris Cornell began a solo career that would eventually span five albums.

Soundgarden was to headline Friday at Rock on the Range, a three-day concert in Columbus, Ohio.

Also in 1991, Cornell and Pearl Jam members including Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, Mike McCready and Matt Cameron formed the band Temple of the Dog and released a self-titled album as a tribute to their friend Andrew Wood, the singer for the band Mother Love Bone, who had died of an overdose. Songs from that album, "Black Hole Sun", won the Grammy that year for best hard rock performance, and the song "Spoonman" won for best metal performance.

The group, formed with guitarist Kim Thayil and bassist Hiro Yamamoto, broke up in 1997. In 2001, he joined Audioslave, a supergroup that included former Rage Against the Machine members Tom Morello, Brad Wilk and Tim Commerford.

Cornell left the band in 2007 amid reports that he was unhappy with the financial arrangements.

Chris Cornell of Soundgarden performs onstage at the Activision E3 preview held at Staples Center on June 14, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. Their 1991 album Badmotorfinger produced the classics "Outshined" and "Rusty Cage", though its release was somewhat overshadowed by Nirvana's Nevermind, released that same year.

The Soundgarden song, "Live to Rise", appeared in the 2012 superhero blockbuster, "The Avengers".

Audioslave reunited in January 2017 to protest the inauguration of President Donald Trump. The station played non-stop songs from Soundgarden and Cornell's other bands and solo work, as well as artists who covered Cornell's material and those who were influenced by him.

When James Bond returned to the big screen with Daniel Craig in the lead role of Casino Royale in 2006, the new run of 007 movies needed a theme song to bring the franchise into the 21st century the right way.

Cornell is survived by his wife Vicky and their two children: daughter Toni and son Christopher Nicholas.