Newswire: R.I.P. Chris Cornell of Soundgarden and Audioslave

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The AP, NPR, and other news outlets are reporting this morning that Chris Cornell of Soundgarden and Audioslave died last night after playing a Soundgarden show at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. The BBC called him “the architect of grunge.” In a statement to CNN this morning, his representative Brian Bumbery said: “His wife Vicky and family were shocked to learn of his sudden and unexpected passing, and they will be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause. They would like to thank his fans for their continuous love and loyalty and ask that their privacy be respected at this time.” Meanwhile, WXYZ Detroit is reporting that police say Cornell died of a possible suicide. He was 52.

Along with Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Alice In Chains, Cornell’s band Soundgarden was one of the cornerstones of the ’90s Seattle grunge movement. The band was also one …