Cornell also worked with Zac Brown Band on a track titled "Heavy Is the Head" that appears on the group's experimental 2015 album Jekyll + Hyde, and performed it with them on Saturday Night Live before appearing at ZBB's Southern Ground Festival in 2016. "And to lose another frontman here in Seattle, I don't care how long it's been since we lost the last, it's devastating", KEXP DJ John Richards said.
In Houston, the Revention Music Center issued a statement reading, "We are greatly saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Chris Cornell". The medical examiner confirmed Cornell's death was suicide, The Guardian reports.
Mr. Freeman said that the victim's wife had called a family friend to check on the man; the family friend forced his way into the man's room at the casino and found him unresponsive on the bathroom floor.
Cornell's publicist Brian Bumbery said earlier that the singer's death was "sudden and unexpected".
Cornell was a trailblazer in the 90's grunge music scene. FILE - In this September 23, 2011, file photo, musician Chris Cornell is shown in NY. A sad loss of a great talent to the world, his friends and family.
He had an impressive voice with a four-octave range.
According to his representative, rocker Chris Cornell, who gained fame as the lead singer of Soundgarden and later Audioslave, has died at age 52. He was 52. Soundgarden was the scheduled headliner for Pointfest on Saturday in Maryland Heights, Missouri.
Cornell went on to work as a solo musician, as well as with bands such as Audioslave and Temple of the Dog, and the Mariners played selections from his career while hosting the White Sox.
At Soundgarden's peak of popularity in the mid-1990s, the band's album Superunknown earned a Billboard No. 1 debut and a Grammy nomination for best rock record. He has been a fan of Soundgarden and singer Chris Cornell since the early '90s.
Soundgarden broke up in 1997 and Cornell in 2001 joined members of Rage Against The Machine to form Audioslave. As well as fronting incredibly successful and influential bands, he also released a number of solo albums.
Cornell's wife, Vicky Cornell, reportedly became concerned when she could not reach him after the show.