Cornell's death leads to cancellation of rock fest

Rodiano Bonacci
Mag 19, 2017

He was 52 years old.

"What I look forward to the most - because I tour so much, especially the last couple of years, by myself - is the camaraderie".

The city's Space Needle went dark at 9 p.m. for an hour in tribute to Cornell. Woody said the friend forced open Cornell's hotel room door and found Cornell him dead on the bathroom floor.

In a statement, his representative called the death "sudden and unexpected" and asked for privacy for Cornell's family. But Cornell still emerged as one of alternative-rock's ultimate heartthrobs for his long, curly hair, fondness for going shirtless and piercing eyes.

Cornell is hanged, but a special rope-burning fluid from his bride-to-be saves him from death.

The sad news of Chris Cornell's death has shaken the musical industry and the fans of the genre.

"He was a huge influence, one of the greatest singers ever to come out of Seattle, maybe the greatest single voice", said Charles R. Cross, a Seattle-based music journalist and author who knew Cornell personally. They were considered titans of the grunge rock sound of the early 1990s, along with Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Alice in Chains.

Soundgarden was the scheduled headliner for Pointfest on Saturday in Maryland Heights, Missouri. Featuring the Grammy-nominated "Like a Stone", the band's debut album achieved triple platinum status. It included hit singles "Spoonman", "Fell on Black Days", "Black Hole Sun", "My Wave" and "The Day I Tried to Live".

In the video above, taken in 2015 at the SiriusXM studios, Cornell gives a passionate acoustic performance of Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U".

Cornell pursued a solo career after Soundgarden broke up in 1997.

In 2001, Cornell joined with three former members of Rage Against the Machine to form Audioslave.

The respected U.S. singer and musician died aged 52, having created memorable tunes with Soundgarden and later Audioslave. The musician's first successful grunge band Soundgarden was formed in 1984 alongside B and B, and was the first official northwestern grunge band which brought the angsty and authentic genre into the spotlight and defined the 90's music scene.

Cornell was also known for the James Bond theme song You Know My Name from the 2006 movie Casino Royale.

"RIP Chris Cornell. Incredibly Talented".

Hollywood is in mourning after Chris Cornell, the frontman of Soungarden and Audioslave, passed away at the age of 52.

"He was an incredible family man, " an additional source tells PEOPLE.

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