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Rocker Chris Cornell Dead at 52
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Chris Alban Hansen

Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell has died at age 52 in Detroit. No details have been released as of yet, except that his representative has called it "sudden and unexpected". An official cause of death will be released by the medical examiner as early as Thursday.

The Detroit Police Department issued a statement that a man of the same age as Cornell was found dead at the MGM Grand casino in Detroit, however did not immediately confirm whether or not it was Cornell that they found. Allegedly it was a family friend of Cornell's who discovered the man at the MGM Grand hotel.

The musician was born in Seattle in 1964, and released his first single along with other Soundgarden founders in 1987. That single was "Hunted Down" and was followed by their debut album "Ultramega OK" a year later.

The band really started to take off thanks in part to other Seattle based acts Nirvana and Pearl Jam. With the attention focused on the region, Soundgarden's "Badmotorfinger" helped  the band take off.

Although the group split in 1997, Soundgarden had several performances throughout the 2000s, and released "King Animal" in 2012. The ability to reunite for net material separates Soundgarden from so many other bands. In total, Soundgarden earned three platinum albums.





After leaving Soundgarden, Cornell joined with former members of Rage Against the Machine to form Audiosoave. Cornell also released five solo albums, and was the voice talent for Casino Royale's theme song.






Cornell was a lifelong drug user who admitted to opiate addiction in 2009. Like many other celebrities who suffer from addiction, Cornell had been to rehab, but was unable to break the addiction that he had since at least 13.

Article photo courtesy of  Chris Alban Hansen, CC 2.0.