News - May 18, 2017

Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell dies aged 52
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Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell dies aged 52

Chris Cornell, frontman with grunge icons Soundgarden, has died at the age of 52.

Cornell passed away last night (May 17th), his representative Brian Bumbery confirmed to the Associated Press. There is no cause of death at this stage. 

Speaking about his passing, Bumbery said it had been "sudden and unexpected". 

Cornell, who was born and raised in Seattle, formed Soundgarden in 1984 after an earlier spell in local covers band The Shemps. Quickly establishing themselves as a force on the local scene, the band were soon signed and released their debut album Ultramega OK in 1988. 

The album was a modest hit and earned the band a deal with A&M Records, with whom they'd go on to release four further albums, including the hugely acclaimed Badmotorfinger and Superunknown, which yielded hit singles 'Black Hole Sun', 'Jesus Christ Pose' and 'Outshined'. 

Soundgarden were together until April 1997 when they announced that they were disbanding to pursue other projects. Cornell then pursued a solo career, which would include five albums across the next 18 years, as well as 'You Know My Name', the them he penned for Daniel Craig's debut as James Bond in Casino Royale. 

As well as solo work, Cornell then joined Audioslave, a project with Rage Against The Machine's Brad Wilk, Tom Morello and Tim Commerford. 

Audioslave were together from 2001 until 2007 and released three albums across their career. 

Most recently Cornell was back with a reunited Soundgarden and had in fact performed a 20-song set with the band last night at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia before his ultimely death.