Update Chris Cornell: Soundgarden star dies of ‘hanging by suicide’

Update Chris Cornell: Soundgarden star dies of 'hanging by suicide'

Singer Chris Cornell died as a result of hanging himself, US officials have confirmed.

Cornell, 52, was found dead after performing in a concert with his band, Soundgarden, in Detroit on Wednesday evening.

The Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed in a statement the frontman took his own life.

In an earlier statement, Cornell’s representative Brian Bumbery had said his death was “sudden and unexpected”.

It also said the family would be working closely with the medical examiner and asked for privacy.

A spokesperson for Detroit Police confirmed to the BBC they received a call just after midnight (05:00 BST) on Wednesday.


“He was found on the bathroom floor, our medical unit were called and he was pronounced dead on scene,” a spokesperson said.

“A family friend went to go check on him and observed him on the bathroom floor. The body was transferred to the medical examiner’s office.”

The medical examiner’s office said on Thursday: “The cause of death has been determined as hanging by suicide. A full autopsy report has not yet been completed.”

The Soundgarden show was part of a wider tour and the group had a number of live dates scheduled for later this month.

Sir Elton John led the tributes, tweeting: “Shocked and saddened by the sudden death of @chriscornell. A great singer, songwriter and the loveliest man.”

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page added: “RIP Chris Cornell. Incredibly talented, incredibly young, incredibly missed.”


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