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Chris Cornell’s Death Ruled A Suicide

The sad news of Chris Cornell’s death just continues to get worse. The medical examiner has now officially ruled the Soundgarden frontman’s death a suicide by hanging. He was only 52.

As we previously told you, Cornell was found dead in the bathroom of his Detroit hotel room yesterday. According to TMZ, a family friend forced his way into Cornell’s room and found him dead with a band around his neck. Sources tell Fox 2 in Detroit that Cornell's wife Vicky called a bodyguard to check on him after he hung up on her at 11:35pm and the bodyguard found him unresponsive.

Meanwhile, sources tell TMZ that Vicky insists he wasn’t depressed or suicidal on the day of his death. She reportedly spoke to him during sound check for show and insists he was not depressed at all.

Not surprisingly, the final six dates on Soundgarden's tour have been cancelled. The band was set to play Rock on the Range tomorrow, with organizers saying tributes are being planned to honor Cornell. 

A Few More Things...

  • Although a Billboard review reports that Cornell seemed in “high spirits” at his final show in Detroit Wednesday, one of the last songs of the night was about death. Soundgarden performed the song “Slaves and Bulldozers,” and mixed Led Zeppelin’s “In My Time Of Dying” into the song. It wasn’t uncommon for Soundgarden to do those two songs together, but it still seems pretty eerie. Check out a clip of that performance to the right, as well as other performances from the Detroit show.
  • Meanwhile, the Detroit Free Press reports that "something wasn’t right" with Cornell's performance at the Fox Theater Wednesday, noting that he didn't seem "mentally present."  "He often staggered back-and-forth across the stage, and seemed weak in his movements," the writer notes. "Just one or two songs in, it was as if the energy had exited his body, and what was left was a shell of a man scrambling to do his job." He also says he looked "visibly agitated at times," and he even walked off stage at one point. 
  • Chris' fans are paying tribute to the singer by leaving flowers at the Seattle art installation A Sound Graden, which inspired the band's name. The sculpture is located on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration campus near the shore of Lake Washington.  Check out a picture below
  • Sales of Chris' music have skyrocketed since news of his death hit. Soundgarden's "Superunknown" jumped to number one on iTunes, while Audioslave's album is at number two.
  •  Cornell's Audioslave bandmate Tom Morrello shared his thoughts on the singer on Instagram.  "Thank you for your friendship and your humor and your intellect and your singular and unmatched talent," he writes. "It was a great honor to know you as a friend and as a band mate. I am devastated and deeply saddened that you are gone dear friend but your unbridled rock power, delicate haunting melodies and the memory of your smile are with us forever. Your beautiful voice and beautiful self will always be in my heart.
  • Many other stars took to social media to honor Cornell and react to his passing.

Source: Billboard