Chris Cornell, lead singer for Soundgarden, Dead at 52 From Hanging – Full Story and Tribute

This one is big. He was a charismatic extremely talented frontman. An unforgettable performer who was on stage just last night with Soundgarden. Following the show police received a 911 call at 12AM from a family friend worried about Cornell’s welfare. A friend went to his room at the MGM Grand casino in Detroit and found him unresponsive on the bathroom floor. He was later pronounced dead at the scene. As of this taping police are investigating the death as an apparent suicide. Preliminary autopsy reports could be released as early as this afternoon. We will post any updates at the very top of the description of this video.

Already thousand of tributes are pouring in including Jimmy Page calling the singer, “Incredibly talented. Incredibly young. Incredibly missed,” Elton John said, “Shocked and saddened by the sudden death of Chris Cornell. A great singer, songwriter and the loveliest man.”

Cornell was the type of singer that made people who hated grunge give it a chance. With Soundgarden he scored with tunes like”Black Hole Sun” and “Spoonman” in 1994, “Burden in My Hand” and “Blow Up the Outside World” in 96 and “Live to Rise.””Been Away Too Long” and “By Crooked Steps.” 2012-13. He was a gifted, versatile singer in a genre where, at times, many vocalist sounded similar.

In 1991 he created Temple of the Dog. There was Audioslave from 2001–2007 and many more projects.

He was born in Seattle on July 20th, 1964. His dad was a pharmacist and his mom was an accountant. He struggled with drug and alcohol abuse. He told the Guardian “I’m lucky I got through it. I’m not sure if [rehab] was the best place for me, but it worked.”

Cornell was also one of the great interpreters. He reminded everyone that covers will work if you know who you are. Like, if you wrote that tune what would it sound like. He was as famous for his acoustic covers “Nothing Compares 2 U” by Prince and Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean.” The singer also had 5 solo albums.

What do we think about when someone dies? We ask ourselves why we didn’t know and how come we didn’t know them better. Why it took their passing to dig deeper into their life and who they were and what they did. If you didn’t know Chris Cornell and looked a little deeper now, I would be dumbfounded it you didn’t change your perspective not only on him but how you looked at music. – by John Beaudin

John Beaudin has been in major market radio (Edmonton, Vancouver & Calgary) for 33 years and a music journalist since 1989. He graduated from Broadcasting school as a news man so he would have the skills to write about the artists that inspired him since he bought his first album, “Madman Across The Water” by Elton John as a teen. In the 80’s Beaudin was the host of the syndicated radio show “The Cross Canada Report” which had two version (Rock and A/C). Beaudin was also asked to be a judge at the Juno Awards (Canada’s answer to the Grammys) Twice. He has anchored every position in radio including morning and afternoon drive and was a Program and Music Director for The Breeze and California 103 in Calgary. He currently hosts the popular Lovesongs at QM-FM in Vancouver and on iHeartRadio.

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