Chris Cornell, the lead vocalist for the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave passed away on wednesday night in Detroit. He was 52.
Brian Bumbery, his representative, told the AP that the singer’s death was “sudden and unexpected” and that his wife and family are shocked. The family will be working with the medical examiner to find the cause of death and have asked for privacy.
Chris Cornell was part of the 90’s grunge movement with Soundgarden. It emerged as one of the biggest bands to come out of seattle’s music scene along with Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Alice in Chains.
Although Soundgarden disbanned in 1997 because of tensions within the band, Cornell went solo. In 2001, he joined Audioslave, who included members from Rage Against the Machine. They released 3 albums in 6 years.
Audioslave disbanded in 2007, but Cornell had a reunion and released the bands sixth album in 2012.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.