Chris Cornell, Rocklahoma headliner, dies at 52

Chris Cornell, Rocklahoma headliner, dies at 52

Quick Facts:

  • Chris Cornell, 52, died Wednesday in Detroit
  • The Audioslave and Soundgarden frontman was touring
  • He was slate to headline the 2017 Rocklahoma festival
  • Rocklahoma organizers said they were "speechless", scroll down for full statement

Audioslave and Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell has died, The Associated Press reports. He was 52.

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Representative Brian Bumbery told the AP in a statement that Cornell's "sudden and unexpected" death happened Wednesday in Detroit. He had been touring, the AP reported.

Cornell's family was shocked and plans to work with officials to determine what caused his death, the statement said. 

About 14 hours later, the medical examiner reported Cornell committed suicide.

Cornell was expected to headline with Soundgarden at the 2017 Rocklahoma festival a little over a week after his death.

Rocklahoma organizers made this statement:

We are speechless to hear about the unexpected passing of Chris Cornell last night. He was a true musical legend that will be missed more than words can express. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and the entire rock community.

The Seattle singer and musician gained mainstream fame in 1994 with the release of the Soundgarden album "Superunknown." He had formed the band with guitarist Kim Thayil and bassist Hiro Yamamoto 10 years earlier, the AP reported

In 1991, he "collaborated with members of what would become Pearl Jam to form Temple of the Dog," the AP reported.

Soundgarden broke up in 1997 but reunited in 2012. In the interim, Cornell released several solo albums and joined the band Audioslave, which broke up in 2007, the AP reported.