When news broke yesterday afternoon (May 18) of the untimely death of Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell, the music world was left in shock and disbelief, as they mourned for one of the architects of grunge.

Chris Cornell touched the hearts of many beyond the music he released with Soundgarden, his supergroups Temple of the Dog and Audioslave, and his acoustic solo act. Since delivering Soundgarden’s breakthrough record Superunknown, their fourth studio album, which debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200, the singer brought focus to the Seattle stage alongside fellow frontmen Kurt Cobain of Nirvana, Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, and Layne Staley of Alice in Chains, and reconstructed the foundation of ’90s rock music.

Cornell took his own life at age 52, in the middle of Soundgarden’s U.S. tour with The Pretty Reckless and The Dillinger Escape Plan, after their stop at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, MI. According to The Associated Press, Cornell was found on the bathroom floor of his hotel room in MGM Grand Detroit and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Local acts who connected with the music of Cornell growing up, shared their deepest sympathies via social media. Members of UDD, Greyhoundz, Kjwan, Faspitch, Urbandub, Chicosci, December Avenue, and Sleepwalk Circus are just a few artists who paid tribute to the singer.

See their messages below:




"World's still the same. There's just less in it." #throwbackthursday #throwback #tbt #tribute #icon

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Truly, the voice of a generation. RIP Chris. No one will ever sing like you.

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