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Chris Cornell of Soundgarden and Audioslave, Deceased at 53

Chris Cornell, frontman of Soundgarden and Audioslave has passed away.

He died in Detroit, Michigan where various news agencies are reporting that the medical examiner has ruled his death a suicide by hanging. The Associated Press says that Cornell's representative called the death "sudden and unexpected."

Cornell was a revolutionary part of the grunge movement in the 1990s and will be greatly missed.

Comments of condolences and grief have been pouring in on his final Facebook post, which you can see below.

The Recording Academy released the following statement:

Chris Cornell was one of the influential originators of the 1990s Seattle grunge scene. A two-time GRAMMY® Award winner, Chris’ dynamic stage presence and impressive vocal range made him a true rock-and-roll icon. From the international success he achieved as the founder and lead vocalist of Soundgarden, to fronting the GRAMMY-nominated supergroup, Audioslave, Chris’ extraordinary talent will forever live on and inspire fellow musicians and fans worldwide. We have lost an innovative member of our creative community, and our sincerest condolences go out to Chris’ family, friends, collaborators, and all who have been impacted by his outstanding artistry.

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