Chris Cornell, the lead singer for the band Soundgarden, died suddenly after a concert date in Detroit.
According to TMZ, Cornell, who fronted Audioslave in later years, was found dead in the bathroom of his hotel room at the MGM Grand in Detroit, hour after performing a show at the Fox Theater.
The TMZ report says he was found with a “band” around his neck, and that there was no blood on the floor.
An unnamed family member reportedly discovered the body after Cornell’s wife Vicky Karayiannis called and asked someone to check on him.
Police reportedly suspect suicide, based on the scene.
Besides his wife, Cornell leaves behind three children. His media representative, Brian Bumbery, told the Atlantic Cornell’s death was “sudden and unexpected.”
Cornell, 52, was born in Seattle, and said in a Rolling Stone interview that he became involved in drugs at an early age.
“I went from being a daily drug user at 13 to having bad drug experiences and quitting drugs by the time I was 14 and then not having any friends until the time I was 16,” he said.
In another interview Cornell said that he began using drugs again after Soundgarden disbanded in 1997, but finished rehab in the mid-2000s.
After performing the Soundgarden hit “Black Hole Son” at his final concert, Cornell said to the audience “Be safe … keep your minds open.”
Photo: Associated Press