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Soundgarden Frontman Chris Cornell Dies at 52

Celebrities are honoring the late rocker with the most touching tributes.

By Laura Rosenfeld

Chris Cornell, the lead singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave, has died at age 52. The singer passed away Wednesday night in Detroit, according to a statement from his representative, Brian Bumbery, as reported by The New York Times. The statement said the death was "sudden and unexpected" and that his family would be "working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause."

The singer was found dead in his hotel room at the MGM Grand Detroit hotel. Detroit police say the death is being investigated as a possible suicide, according to The Associated Press. Police spokesman Michael Woody told The AP that he couldn't provide further details on what led investigators to make that determination, but he said that there were "basic things observed at the scene."

Update 5/18/17 at 2:58 p.m.: Chris' death has been ruled a suicide by hanging, according to the Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office, which posted the update on Facebook. A full autopsy has not yet been completed, and there is no additional information at this time, the statement said.

Police received a 911 call just after midnight after a family friend found Chris unresponsive on the bathroom floor, Woody told the Detroit Free Press. Another spokesman for the Detroit Police Department previously told the paper that Chris was found with a band around his neck.

The singer had performed with Soundgarden just hours before he was found dead at Detroit's Fox Theatre, according to Rolling Stone. 

Chris will forever be remembered for his impact on music, helping to define the grunge sound and continuing to shape contemporary rock music throughout his career. Tributes from Chris' famous fans are pouring in to honor the late singer's legacy.

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