BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene
[Update: A medical examiner has confirmed that
Cornell committed suicide by hanging
shocked the music industry Thursday morning.
On May 3, the frontman for Seattle rockers Soundgarden, who rose to prominence in the grunge-heavy ‘90s, performed at the Fox Theatre with the band; Soundgarden reportedly had recorded new material and was working on a new album.
Cornell’s representative, Brian Bumbery, confirmed to the Associated Press that Cornell’s “sudden and unexpected death” occurred after a performance in Detroit Wednesday night. Police are investigating it as a possible suicide. Cornell was 52.
Photos of Soundgarden performing at the Tabernacle in 2013.
During his career, including solo albums and his time in Soundgarden and Audioslave, Cornell sold more than 14 million albums and 8 million digital songs, according to Nielsen.
Here are some reactions from musicians on social media.