Around midnight, Detroit Police Department ficers responded to a 911 call from the MGM Grand Casino. Dontae Freeman, a Detroit PD spokesman, only said that the unidentified white male victim, born July 20, 1964, had apparently committed suicide. When police ficers arrived, they pronounced the victim dead at the scene.
Hours later, a spokesperson for Soundgarden confirmed the news: Chris Cornell had passed away at the age 52.
The birth date and description the individual who committed suicide by hanging himself exactly matched that the legendary musician.
Freeman told reporters what had happened. Chris Cornell’s wife had called on a friend to check up on the singer. When the friend got to the hotel, he found the singer unresponsive on the bathroom floor. After police ficers contacted EMS, they pronounced him dead at the scene.
Officers discovered Chris Cornell with a band around his neck.
Freeman stressed that only the “preliminary determination” indicates an “apparent suicide.” In a statement, he emphasized that ficers haven’t reached a definitive conclusion yet.
Freeman promised more details in a press conference later during the day.
Cornell’s representative, Brian Bumbery, said in a statement,
“Chris Cornell passed away late Wednesday night in Detroit, MI. His wife Vicky and family were shocked to learn his sudden and unexpected passing, and they will be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause. They would like to thank his fans for their continuous love and loyalty and ask that their privacy be respected at this time.”
Hours prior to the suicide, Cornell had performed with Soundgarden at Fox Theatre in Detroit. Music critic Gary Graff told CBS Detroit that Cornell looked very happy and psyched during the performance.
Before his performance, Cornell had tweeted,
Chris Cornell joins a growing list grunge pioneers who have tragically passed away. Prior to his drug overdose, friends had placed Layne Staley on a 24-hour suicide watch. Kurt Cobain committed suicide with a shotgun. Scott Weiland passed away from a lethal mix cocaine, alcohol, and methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA).
Perhaps Dave Grohl remains the standout, high-functioning exception. But Seattle grunge now appears to be a cursed genre.
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Correction: in our initial report, we misspelled the name the Detroit Police Department spokesman. It is Dontae Freeman.