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Chris Cornell, lead singer of Soundgarden and later, Audioslave, has passed away aged 52.
According to The Guardian, the singer’s representative Brian Bumbery confirmed to the Associated Press that the 52 year old had died on Wednesday night in Detroit. Bumbery stated that Cornell’s passing was “sudden and unexpected”, and that the singer’s family are in shock. At this point in time there has been no cause of death publicly stated, and his family have requested privacy.
Cornell was best known for his stellar singing voice and four-octave vocal range in Seattle grunge band Soundgarden. He later had an accomplished solo career throughout the 1990s, 2000s and 2010s, including a stint in post-Rage Against The Machine rock supergroup, Audioslave.
He was voted “Rock’s Greatest Singer” by readers of Guitar World, ranked 4th in the list of “Heavy Metal’s All-Time Top 100 Vocalists” by Hit Parader, 9th in the list of “Best Lead Singers of All Time” by Rolling Stone.
More details will be added when they come available.