Chris Cornell, the lead singer of the rock bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, died Wednesday night in Detroit, his representative said. He was 52 years old and his death was “sudden and unexpected.”
Born in 1964, in Seattle, Washington, Cornell formed Soundgarden with guitarist Kim Thyail and bassist Hiro Yamamoto in 1984. In 1988 they became the first grunge band to sign with a major label–with A&M. As the frontman, Cornell and Soundgarden burst onto the 1990s rock scene with their hit “Outshined” and were pioneers of Grunge.
His contemporaries include grunge icons such as Kurt Cobain from Nirvana and Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam.