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Chris Cornell Suicide: Singer Hangs Self After Band Performance, Billboard Tribute To Musician

Update Date: May 22, 2017 05:28 AM EDT

Chris Cornell, lead vocalist of bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, recently passed away at the age of 52. Allegedly, he committed suicide.

Did Cornell Commit Suicide?

Cornell was found dead by hanging at MGM Grand Detroit after a performance in Detroit, according to People. "Chris Cornell passed away late Wednesday night in Detroit, Michigan," Cornell's representative said. The singer's wife, Vicky and family were distraught to learn about the unexpected incident and will be closely working with the medical examiner.

The Wayne County, Michigan medical examiner concluded an autopsy Thursday afternoon (May 18) and confirmed that Cornell died of suicide by hanging. The source added that Cornell's death was currently being investigated, according to the police. "A friend of the family found him deceased and medics confirmed that, and yes, he was dead on scene," Officer Jennifer Moreno of the Detroit Police said in an interview.

Per Detroit police spokesman Michael Woody, a 911 call was received at midnight Thursday morning from an unidentified person at the hotel-casino. "When the units arrived they were met by a gentleman who indicated that Chris Cornell had been found in his room." Woody said.

The officers found Cornell laying in the bathroom. He was unresponsive and they confirmed that he has passed away.

Billboard Tribute From Dan Reynolds

On Sunday night's (May 21) 2017 Billboard Music Awards, Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons gave a heartfelt message to the Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman. Reynolds said that the event is also an occassion to remember someone the music industry lost this week, via E! News.

Reynolds added that Cornell was a "prolific songwriter, a legendary performer, a singer who had a voice for the ages and a philanthropic, whose Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation helped so many children around the world."

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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