Chris Cornell’s cause of death has been revealed as suicide.
The Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman died at the age of 52 on Wednesday night, and it has now been reported by medical officials that the star passed away in his hotel room at the MGM Grand Hotel in Detroit, Michigan.
Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office’s issued a statement on Thursday stating that the cause of death had been determined as suicide.
“A full autopsy report has not yet been completed. There is no additional information at this time,” the statement explained.
Cornell — who is survived by his wife Vicky Karayiannis, daughters Lillian Jean, 16, and Toni, 12, as well as 11-year-old son Christopher — was in the middle of a tour with Soundgarden and had been performing a sold-out show at the Fox Theatre just hours before his death.
A tweet on the star’s official Twitter stated: “#Detroit finally back to Rock City!!!! @soundgarden #nomorebulls*it (sic).”
A statement released by a representative for the rocker read: “His wife Vicky and family were shocked to learn of his sudden and unexpected passing.
“[They] would like to thank his fans for their continuous love and loyalty and ask that their privacy be respected at this time.”
The band — comprised of Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron and Ben Shepherd — were due to continue their North American tour and travel to Columbus, Ohio, today, with the run ending in Oklahoma on May 27.
Tributes for the star have poured in.
Led Zeppelin rocker Jimmy Page described him as an incredibly talented artist.
“RIP Chris Cornell Incredibly Talented Incredibly Young Incredibly Missed (sic),” Page tweeted.
Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale said he was in total shock after hear of the death.
Cornell told The West Australian in late 2015: “There is a difference when you’re writing an album that’s completely stripped down, where the emotional connection to the singer is the most important thing.”
In a concert review in The West Australian in 2015, our reviewer wrote: “Chris Cornell solo concerts are a thing of beauty.
“An artist ageing gracefully with his audience, performing for two-and-a-half hours that seem gone in a flash, the 51-year old upped the ante on his 2011 shows adding a cellist and more instruments, and received two standing ovations for his trouble.”
LIFELINE: If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal or needs help, contact Lifeline on 131 114.