Updated Chris Cornell, the Seattle-born rock guitarist who killed himself after a Wednesday concert in Detroit, was a central figure in the 1990s grunge movement and had been one of its most enduring stars.
His death at 52 was ruled a suicide by hanging, the Wayne County, Michigan medical examiner said Thursday.
For fans, the tragedy marked a sort of a bookend to the 1994 suicide of Kurt Cobain, grunge’s king.
Chris Cornell, who first gained fame as the lead singer of Soundgarden and later the band Audioslave, passed away Wednesday night in Detroit, a rep for the singer told the Associated Press.
He was 52.
Cornell’s rep, Brian Bumbery, called the singer’s passing “sudden and unexpected.” The rocker was currently on tour and the rep said his family was shocked by his passing.
Soundgarden was at the forefront of the 90s grunge music scene that rose out of Seattle. Their hits included “Spoonman,” ”Fell on Black Days,” ”Black Hole Sun,” “My Wave” and “The Day I Tried to Live.”
The band was nominated for multiple Grammy Awards and won two in 1995.
After Soundgarden broke up in 1997, he performed solo for a few years before joining Audioslaved, a supergroup that included former Rage Against the Machine members Tom Morello, Brad Wilk and Tim Commerford.
Audioslave disbanded in 2007, but Cornell and Soundgarden reunited in 2012 and released the band’s sixth studio album, “King Animal” in 2012.
In addition to his music, Cornell also became involved in philanthropy and started the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation to support children facing challenges, including homelessness, poverty, abuse and neglect.
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Chris Cornell and Audio Slave‘ masterpiece “Show me how to live”
“Show Me How to Live“ is a rock song and the third single by the American rock band Audioslave from their first album, Audioslave released in 2003. It peaked at number 67 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, number 2 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks and number 4 in the Modern Rock Tracks.
“Show Me How to Live” has a relatively fast tempo. The song contains heavy guitar and drum riffs and a solo broken up with a phasing, fluttering effect by Tom Morello, achieved by using a combination of tremolo picking the high E-string, using his trademark Dunlop Crybaby wah pedal and a ring modulator effect.(B) Singer Chris Cornell also uses an interesting technique near the end of the song, when he changes pitch multiple times to produce an unusual effect. He achieves this by simply hitting his throat with the side of his hand and changing the pitch of his voice.
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