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UPDATE: DETROIT (AP) – Medical examiner determines Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell committed suicide by hanging in Detroit.

Chris Cornell died Wednesday night.. The lead singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave had just finished a show in Detroit. Wednesday.

His rep called the death “sudden and unexpected.” and his family is working with the medical examiner to determine the cause of death and are asking for privacy.”

Then, Thursday morning Detroit police suspected that Chris Cornell committed suicide in his hotel room.

TMZ reports that family friend forced his way into Cornell’s room at the MGM Grand Detroit and found him with a band around his neck on the bathroom floor. Cornell’s wife Vicky had reportedly called the family friend to check in on the singer.

Born Christopher John Boyle, Cornell grew up in Seattle, the middle sibling among five children.

He founded Soundgarden in 1984. After putting out a few EPs, they released the album Ultramega OK in 1988. It spun off the minor hit “Flower” and earned their first Grammy.

Chris Cornell on one of the most difficult times in his life:

One of the biggest issues I had in my life was my complete mental breakdown and the complete restructuring of my life. It had to do with the idea that there was a finish line and that I had reached a point in my life with my previous wife that we were going to settle down. And I went from someone who was working on music 16 hours a day six or seven days a week and didn’t know anything else to being someone who was being asked to kind of participate in a life where I’m not really doing that and not really doing music so much. And I didn’t know how to be that person and I literally fell apart because of it.” – PremierePrep Classic

Chris Cornell was 52.

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