The medical examiner from Wayne County has confirmed Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell committed suicide by hanging.
Cornell, 52, lead singer of American hard rock bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, was found dead in his hotel's bathroom an hour after wrapping up his concert with the band in Detroit's Fox Theatre, reported The Telegraph. His representative, Brian Bumbery called the musician's death "sudden and unexpected" and said in a statement that the family would be "working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause".
The statement also read Cornell's wife and family are in a shock and they have asked for privacy. "The cause of death has been determined as suicide by hanging. A full autopsy report has not yet been completed," the Medical Examiner's Office said in a statement after conducting an initial autopsy.A full autopsy report has not yet been completed.
The singer was reported to be in good spirits at his last show and talked about "the next place we play". Cornell also sang the theme song, "You Know My Name" of the 2007 James Bond movie "Casino Royale".
"Chris's death is a loss that escapes words and has created an emptiness in my heart that will never be filled. As everyone who knew him commented, Chris was a devoted father and husband. He was my best friend," Vicky Cornell, Chris's wife, wrote.
"His world revolved around his family first and, of course, his music second. He flew home for Mother's Day to spend time with our family. He flew out mid-day Wednesday, the day of the show, after spending time with the children.
When we spoke before the show, we discussed plans for a vacation over Memorial Day and other things we wanted to do."
However, following Soundgarden's concert Wednesday night, Vicky noticed a change in her husband's demeanour when they talked on the phone after the show.
Cornell had been touring with Soundgarden and was tweeting upbeat messages about a sold-out concert the band played in Detroit just hours before his death.