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Chris Cornell Dies Aged 52

Chris Cornell had died at the age of 52.

The Soundgarden frontman died shortly after playing in Detroit on Wednesday night.

His death was said to be “sudden and unexpected” in a statement from Cornell’s representative Brian Bumbery.

Formed in Seattle in 1984, Soundgarden became one of the most important bands to come out of the city’s emerging grunge scene. After initially splitting up in 1997, the band reformed in 2010 releasing a new album King Animal in 2012 – their first since 1996’s Down On The Upside. Their most successful album came in 1994 – Superunknown spawned some of their biggest singles: ‘The Day I Tried to Live’, ‘My Wave’, ‘Fell on Black Days’, ‘Spoonman’, and ‘Black Hole Sun’.

As well as releasing five solo albums, Cornell also released three albums with members of Rage Against The Machine in the band Audioslave. He also recorded the theme song to the 2006 Bond film, Casino Royale.