Gone Too Soon – Chris Cornell

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Chris Cornell – Died May 17, 2017, in Detroit MI, age 52.

  • He died following a Soundgarden concert in Detroit. He was found in his hotel room with an exercise band around his neck. His death was ruled a suicide by the medical examiner.
  • All indications prior to his death were that he was happy. He had spent Mother’s Day with his family. He flew to Detroit on Wednesday prior to the concert that night. His wife Vicky speculates that he had taken too much of his anxiety medication, which altered his mental faculties.
  • He was the frontman for Soundgarden from 1984 to 1997, and then again when the band reformed, from 2010 to 2017. He also was the lead vocalist for Audioslave from 2001 to 2007.
  • Soundgarden was one of the original Seattle grunge bands – they were the first to sign with a major record label. Cornell wrote the lyrics to nearly all of their songs. They won 2 Grammy awards for their songs Spoonman and Black Hole Sun. Their album Superunknown is ranked highly in many lists of all time great albums.
  • Audioslave was formed when Cornell joined 3 former members of Rage Against The Machine. Their sound is characterized as a combination of 70s hard rock and 90s alternative rock. Cornell again wrote all of the lyrics, while the band worked together on the music. The band received 3 Grammy nominations, including one for one of my favorite songs from the 00s, Like A Stone.
  • Cornell also recorded an album in 1991 with members of what would become Pearl Jam. The collaboration was called Temple of the Dog. The album sold over a million copies, featuring the singles Say Hello 2 Heaven, and Hunger Strike.
  • Cornell won his third Grammy award on February 9, 2019, for Best Rock Performance, for his song When Bad Does Good, which was released posthumously in 2018.
  • RIP Chris Cornell. His funeral will be this Friday, May 26. Here are 2 videos of his most popular songs, Black Hole Sun and Like A Stone.


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  1. I bought the song “Like A Stone”! I love this song and his voice! To be honest…I never really knew him…I feel so sad for him and his family.

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