Soundgarden and Audioslave singer Chris Cornell died today at age 52.
Michael Woody, Director of Media Relations for the Detriot Police Department, confirms to Radio.com that the death is being investigated as a possible suicide, but that the cause of death has not yet been determined by the medical examiner. A full autopsy has not yet been completed, and there is no additional information at this time, the statement said.
Soundgarden were the first grunge band to sign on to a major label (A&M in 1988), opening the gate for Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice In Chains to storm the music world with songs that focused on identity and social issues.
Cornell began his career in the Seattle rock scene. "There's no reason that I would think I know how to define it, but it's always been there".
The singer died in Detroit where the band performed on May 17. The band released three albums in six years and also performed at a concert billed as Cuba's first outdoor rock concert by an American band, though some Cuban artists have disputed that claim.
In interviews, Cornell discussed his past struggles with alcohol and the impact of his friends' deaths from substance abuse.
Soundgarden, "Black Hole Sun" There's no talking about the range of Cornell's voice without pointing out the song that thrust it into the spotlight: Soundgarden's breakthrough hit "Black Hole Sun".
Soundgarden, which disbanded in 1997 but reformed in 2010, has sold more than 10 million albums in the USA alone, and won two Grammy awards, with nine nominations. In the early 2000s, Cornell started the group Audioslave, which featured members of Rage Against the Machine.
He also released solo albums, and Nielsen Music said as a band member and solo act, the singer sold nearly 15 million albums and 8.8 million digital songs in the U.S. It appeared on his second solo album, "Carry On".
When a celebrity dies unexpectedly, there's a odd new ritual that fans partake in as we remember the person's contributions to our lives. There's no just kind of flat lining coasting.
The music industry mourned his sudden death online.
Navarro tweeted that he was "stunned" by the news, while Rossdale called it a "total shock". And I loved the music that would come to be regarded by the previous generation, Generation X, as not almost as cool as Soundgarden's "earlier work".
Rocker Dave Navarro mourned the loss of Cornell, tweeting: "Such a bad and sad loss!"