DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Chris Cornell (aged 52)
American singer-songwriter, musician
Christopher John Cornell (July 20, 1964 – May 18, 2017) was an American musician, singer and songwriter. He was best known as the lead vocalist for the rock bands Soundgarden and Audioslave. Cornell was also known for his numerous solo works and soundtrack contributions since 1991, and as the founder and frontman for Temple of the Dog, the one-off tribute band dedicated to his late friend Andrew Wood.
DEATH: Around 12:15 a.m. on May 18, 2017, Cornell was found unconscious by his bodyguard in the bathroom of his hotel room, 1136, at the MGM Grand in Detroit, MI, after performing at a show with Soundgarden at the Fox Theatre on May 17. He was lying on the floor with an exercise band around his neck and blood in his mouth. An MGM medic and EMSpersonnel were unable to revive Cornell. Cornell was pronounced dead by a doctor at 1:30 a.m.Police ruled out foul play by reviewing a hotel surveillance video, which showed nobody entering or exiting the suite after Cornell’s bodyguard left at around 11:35 p.m. The cause of death was determined to be suicide by hanging. Cornell was 52 years old.