The lead singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave has died. Chris Cornell passed away after a performance with Soundgarden in Detroit, Michigan last night. He was 52.
Born Christopher John Boyle, his band Soundarden was the first of the groups that made up the "grunge" sound out of the Seattle area to get a major label record deal. Soundgarden won two Grammy Awards in 1995, and may be best know for their song "Black Hole Sun." After the break-up of Soundgraden in 1997, Cornell went on to front the group Audioslave in the early 2000s. He recorded a solo album between Soundgarden and Audioslave, and more solo work after the demise of Audioslave in 2007.
Cornell dealt with drug and alcohol issues throughout his career. 11 months ago, he performed a solo concert at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center.
The cause of his death is not known at this time.