Chris Cornell passes away

The rocker, who gained fame as lead singer of Soundgarden and later Audioslave, passed away on Wednesday.
By Dirk Trudeau | May 19, 2017
Rockstar Chris Cornell has died aged 52, just hours after his concert in Detroit.

The rocker, who gained fame as lead singer of Soundgarden and later Audioslave, passed away on Wednesday.

The singer's representative, Brian Bumbery, said that the death was "sudden and unexpected," adding that his wife and family were shocked by it.

Bumbery said that the family would be working closely with the medical examiner to find out the cause of Cornell's death.

He also asked for privacy.

The news of the star's death came just eight hours after he posted his last message on Twitter, in which he talked about his concert in Detroit.

Famous for the song such as You Know My Name for James Bond movie Casino Royale was married to Vicky Karayiannis for 13 years.

They are parents to Toni, 12 and Christopher, 11.

The Grammy Award winner and Golden Globe-nominated musician also founded the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation to support children facing poverty and abuse.

In 2012, he told Detail magazine: "When I met my wife Vicky's family, I had to go out of my way to convince them to show them that I wasn't anything like their idea of a musician."

He also told the magazine that he'd met many musicians that he would not let date his son or daughter.

Cornell was previously married to Susan Silver. They have a daughter, Lilian Jean, 17.

Susan managed both Alice In Chains and Soundgarden. They had divorced before Cornell married Vicky.

Soundgarden split in 1997 and reunited in 2010. Their last record was King Animal in 2012.

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