Chris Cornell of Soundgarden and Audioslave at The Promise

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Chris Cornell, Lead Singer Of Soundgarden & Audioslave, Dies At 52

May 18, 2017

Hearts weigh heavy as we must mourn the loss of one of the greatest voices in rock n' roll, Chris Cornell.

The SoundgardenAudioslave and Temple of the Dog frontman, who also ran a successful solo career, has died at the age of 52.

His representative, Brian Bumbery, released a statement saying his death was "sudden and unexpected" and that his family will be "working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause."

Along with NirvanaPearl Jam and Alice In Chains, Cornell's band Soundgarden became one of the giants of the '90s grunge era with hits like "Black Hole Sun," "Fell on Black Days," "Spoonman," and "Outshined." Their 1991 album Badmotorfinger solidified the band for great success in their future days.

Although they would part ways in 1997, the members of Soundgarden (Chris CornellKim ThayilBen Shepherd and Matt Cameron) would reunite again in 2010. According to The Guardian, Cornell said that after Soundgarden broke up in 1997, he was a regular drug user, abusing substances like OxyContin and admitting himself into a rehab facility.

In 2001, Cornell was recruited by the members of Rage Against The Machine to form the supergroup Audioslave, releasing songs like "Show Me How To Live," "Like A Stone," "Cochise," and "Revelations." After three studio albums, Audioslave broke up in 2007.

During November 2016, Cornell did a handful of shows with the grunge supergroup formed on a whim, Temple of A Dog, which included members from both Soundgarden and Pearl Jam. Temple of the Dog was originally formed to honor the memory of late Mother Love Bone singer, Andrew Wood, who passed away in 1990 due to substance abuse.

Rest in peace, Chris Cornell.