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Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell Dead At 52

Chris Cornell, lead singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave, died Wednesday night after performing in Detroit. He was 52.

A spokesman for the Detroit Police Department said Cornell’s death is being investigated as a “possible suicide.”

A family friend called 911 around midnight Thursday after he went to check on Cornell and found the musician “unresponsive” on the bathroom floor at the MGM Grand hotel, spokesman Michael Woody said. Emergency medical personnel arrived, and Cornell was pronounced dead at the scene, he said.

“We are moving in the direction of a possible suicide but we are waiting on the Medical Examiner’s Office to provide their report,” Woody said.

The medical examiner’s report is expected to be released Thursday afternoon.

Cornell’s passing was “sudden and unexpected,” his representative, Brian Bumbery, said in a statement.

“His wife Vicky and family were shocked to learn of his sudden and unexpected passing, and they will be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause,” the statement read.

“They would like to thank his fans for their continuous love and loyalty and ask that their privacy be respected at this time.”

The Grammy-winning rocker had performed Wednesday night at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. He ended his performance with a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “In My Time of Dying.”

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