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Chris Cornell’s cause of death ruled as ‘suicide by hanging’

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Medical officials in the US say that Chris Cornell took his own life by hanging himself.

Hours after performing with Soundgarden at the Fox Theatre in Detroit on Wednesday night (17th May), the 52-year-old rock icon’s body was found in a bathroom in his room at the MGM Grand Detroit hotel.

Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office have now issued a short statement, saying: "The cause of death has been determined as hanging by suicide. A full autopsy report has not yet been completed." 

In an earlier statement, Chris’s representative Brian Bumbery described the death as "sudden and unexpected" and said Chris’s wife and family would be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause and asked for privacy.

A Detroit Police spokesperson also said in a statement to the BBC: "He was found on the bathroom floor, our medical unit were called and he was pronounced dead on scene.

"A family friend went to go check on him and observed him on the bathroom floor. The body was transferred to the medical examiner's office."

Planet Rock’s Loz Guest caught up with Chris in May 2016 ahead of his acoustic show at Birmingham Symphony Hall.

Chris spoke about how Black Sabbath shaped Soundgarden plus his friendship with Jimmy Page and his views on Led Zeppelin pushing musical boundaries forward.

He also talked about the differences between his acoustic shows and full electric shows, how lyrics sites often get it wrong, his cover of U2’s ‘One’ with Metallica ‘One’ lyrics and how the new Soundgarden album was shaping up. Listen to the whole chat here:

Since news of Chris’s untimely death first emerged this morning, stars from all over the rock world have been paying tribute to Chris including Tony Iommi, Jimmy Page, Rush, Slash, Alice Cooper and Joe Bonamassa. You can read a selection of the tributes below. 

Chris is survived by his second wife, publicist Vicky Karayiannis, and by three children.

 

Shocking news. My thoughts are with his family and friends. Going to crank Badmotorfinger.

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