In death, it’s easy to elevate an entertainer’s talent or importance. (Grief and shock lend itself easily to that.) But in the case of Chris Cornell, even before his shocking death today (May 18), he was already considered one of the greatest voices in rock history.
Chris Cornell, lead singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave, died Wednesday night May 17 in Detroit following a performance by Soundgarden. He was 52. In a statement released by Brian Bumbery, the artist's representative, the passing was "sudden and unexpected." In addition to his work with Soundgarden and Audioslave, Chris Cornell also released five solo albums.