Iconic rock ‘n’ roll frontman Chris Cornell died unexpectedly late Wednesday in Detroit.
Cornell’s representative, Brian Bumbery, called the death “sudden and unexpected” in a statement. He also said the singer’s family would be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause.
Dontae Freeman, a spokesman for the Detroit Police Department, said in an interview that at about midnight officers responded at the MGM Grand casino to an apparent suicide of a white man, born July 20, 1964, who was pronounced dead on the scene. He would not confirm the victim’s name; Mr. Cornell’s date of birth is July 20, 1964.
Mr. Freeman said that the victim’s wife had called a family friend to check on the man; the family friend forced his way into the man’s room at the casino and found him unresponsive on the bathroom floor.
The victim was found with a band around his neck, Mr. Freeman said. The police would not confirm that the victim died of a suicide, though the preliminary determination was an “apparent suicide,” Mr. Freeman said. He added that more details would be released in a statement later Thursday. (New York Times)
Watch Chris Cornell play Soundgarden’s Spoonman at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. The show was his last before he died.