Chris Cornell Soundgarden frontman dead at 52

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Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell lead singer of Soundgarden has died at age 52.

Soundgarden and Audioslave singer Chris Cornell has died at age 52.

In a statement to The Associated Press, Brian Bumbery says Cornell died Wednesday night in Detroit.

Soundgarden were one of the founders of the grunge movement in Seattle in the 1990s and best known for their Grammy Award-winning singles Black Hole Sun and Spoonman.

Cornell had a four octave vocal range and continued to make music after Soundgarden broke up in 1997 (they later reformed in 2010), including writing a Bond theme in 2006.

In 2001, Cornell went on to form supergroup Audioslave, which he fronted alongside former Rage Against the Machine members Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk.

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His 1999 solo album, Euphoria Morning, was the first of five spanning 16 years. His last, Higher Truth, reached the US top 20, following its release in 2015. He toured with Linkin Park and Aerosmith in the late 2000s, and played Hyde Park as recently as 2012.

Cornell also made a foray into film soundtrack composition, writing the Casino Royale theme You Know My Name and The Keeper, which he won a Golden Globe nomination for and appeared in the film Machine Gun Preacher.

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