Chris Cornell, who gained fame as the lead singer of Seattle grunge rock band Soundgarden, has died aged 52. The musician’s representative called his death on Wednesday night “sudden and unexpected”, and said his wife and family were shocked by it. Cornell, who rose to fame with the 1990s grunge band Soundgarden, then went on to form the noughties supergroup Audioslave.

The musician died in Detroit, hours after he performed with his old band Soundgarden at the Fox Theatre on Wednesday evening. The statement said the family would be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause and asked for privacy.

As the lead singer for Seattle-based Soundgarden, Cornell helped architect the 90’s grunge rock movement, later merging with Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder to form the one-hit supergroup Temple Of The Dog. He was also a Grammy award-winning, Golden Globe nominated singer who recorded the theme song for the James Bond film Casino Royale.

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