Representatives of Chris Cornell have confirmed that he died last night.
Best known as the lead singer in Audioslave and Soundgarden, Cornell also performed the theme song to James Bond film, Casino Royale.
The family are working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause of death, and ask for privacy at this traumatic time. Cornell’s representative Brian Bumbery described the death as “sudden and unexpected”.
The singer is reported to have passed away shortly following a concert with Soundgarden in Detroit, which took place on Wednesday evening. This show was part of a wider tour and the group had several live dates scheduled for later in the month.
Cornell Tweeted a picture of the concert venue just hours before his death on Wednesday, describing Detroit as “Rock City” and using the hashtag #nomorebullshit.
— Chris Cornell (@chriscornell) May 18, 2017
Chris Cornell was also a successful solo artist, having released four albums, with Higher Truth being released in 2015.
He was the first male American artist to write and perform the theme song for a James Bond movie, but was perhaps most well-known for being the lead singer of Seattle-based band Soundgarden, which formed in 1984 and went on to release six studio albums.
Their most successful song in the UK was Superrunknown, which reached number four in the singles chart.
It wasn’t until 2001 that he joined supergroup Audioslave, which had Cornell on lead vocals, along with Rage Against The Machine members Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk, before the group disbanded in 2007.
His song, You Know My Name, written and sung for Casino Royale, can be found here.
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