Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell died after hanging himself, medical officials say

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Cornell was found dead at the MGM Grand Detroit Hotel just hours after he played a sold-out show with his rock band Soundgarden at the city's Fox Theater. As news of Cornell's death began to circulate, there were indications that he was happy and pleasant before his death.

The cause of Chris Cornell's death has been confirmed, according to The Associated Press.

"We are devastated to hear about the sudden passing of Chris Cornell last night", reads the post from Rock on the Range. Two Detroit newspapers had earlier cited a police spokesman Cornell was found with "a band around his neck". "That crowd was something".

The Wayne County Medical Examiner's office will make an official determination about the cause of death. Actor David Carradine notably died of similar circumstances in 2009. And for a guy who could shriek with the best of them, Cornell's vocals remained fairly well preserved over the years, and still hitting the high notes like the glory days of grunge.

Navarro wrote: "Such a awful, and sad loss". He's remembered as one of rock music's great vocalists and an architect for a sound that helped define a decade.

Cornell played a seminal role in the origins of grunge music, founding Soundgarden in 1984 with Kim Thayil and Hiro Yamamoto.

But Cornell had sung the medley before and showed no obvious signs of being suicidal, with Soundgarden scheduled to take its tour Friday to Columbus, Ohio. Black Hole Sun and Spoonman featured Chris Cornell's gritty growl of a voice that easily transitioned to a soulful howl. "There was about two years where I was more or less agoraphobic and didn't deal with anybody, didn't talk to anybody, didn't have any friends at all".

He wrote and recorded You Know My Name in 2006 for James Bond film Casino Royale and received a Golden Globe nomination for The Keeper, which appeared in 2011 film, Machine Gun Preacher. As well as fronting incredibly successful and influential bands, he also released a number of solo albums.

ET spoke to Cornell in April at the Los Angeles premiere of The Promise, where he shared that Soundgarden was working on a new album.

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