Soundgarden’s guitarist, singer and songwriter died last night in Detroit.
On Thursday, May 18, 2017 Chris Cornell was been found dead in his room at the MGM Grand Detroit Hotel. The guitarist, singer and songwriter had performed in the city of the state of Michigan with the group of which he was founder, Soundgarden, flagship of the grunge musical movement , formed in the late 80’s and early 90’s, and whose Epicenter was the city of Seattle. He died at age 52 due to unknown causes, although the Detroit Police are investigating it as a possible suicide.
As a native of Seattle, which he liked to boast about, Cornell supported the Seahawks — the city’s most representative team and a member of the NFL. In 2014, the singer became the narrator in a video to the franchise and its fans (the 12th) shortly before the Superbowl was held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. There, the Seahawks claimed the title by winning over the Denver Broncos. Cornell was among other artists on the Washington State music scene, such as Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains), and Guns N ‘Roses bassist Duff McKagan. That same year, Soundgarden performed at the premiere of the Seahawks’ season. The club recalled the musician in his Twitter account: “We remember Chiris Cornell, icon of Seattle, devout 12, and one of the great voices in the history of rock & roll.”
In 2011, Cornell had also shown support for the NBA’s Seattle Supersonics , a franchise that had disappeared from the city in 2008 when it was sold to a corporate group that moved it to Oklahoma City. During a concert and with the Sonics shirt on, the musician shouted: “They took our [expletive] team from us. Since I was this high, I had that team. And they [expletive] took it away. It’s [expletive] to take away a basketball team!” WARNING: Lots of NSFW language in the video.
A brilliant musical career
Chris Cornell will go down in history and eternity of rock as a guitarist, composer and, above all, vocalist, a facet in which he is considered one of the best ever. In addition to Soundgarden, a group he founded with Kim Thayil and with which he released eight albums (he was already preparing the ninth), he must also be remembered as the promoter of the Temple of the Dog supergroup, which he formed with Soundgarden and Pearl Jam components to pay tribute to Andrew Wood, singer of Mother Love Bone (deceased in 1990). No less brilliant was his contribution to the creation of Audioslave with three members of Rage Against the Machine, including the great guitarist Tom Morello. Together they composed three albums. On his own, Cornell edited five, And also recorded several songs, the latest one, The Promise , which appears in the film of the same title and whose benefits go to the NGO International Rescue Committee. That’s part of the more supportive side of Chris, who along with his second wife, Vicky, created a foundation to help children around the world. He had two daughters and a son.
Rest in peace.