Medical examiner: Chris Cornell's death ruled suicide by hanging

DETROIT – The Wayne County Medical Examiner has complete the autopsy for Chris Cornell who was found dead  Wednesday night inside his Detroit hotel bathroom.

Cornell's cause of death has been determined as suicide by hanging. Sources tell Local 4 he was found with a band around his neck.

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Cornell had just performed with his band Soundgarden at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. He was 52. 

VIDEO: Chris Cornell performs with Soundgarden in Detroit on May 17, 2017

Sources said Cornell's wife called a family friend and asked him to check on the singer who was staying at the MGM Grand. That friend forced open the hotel room door where Cornell was found dead on the bathroom floor with a band around his neck. 

Detroit was Soundgarden's 12th stop on their Spring 2017 tour. The band had six shows left on their tour schedule starting with Friday night's show in Columbus. 


Cornell was considered a cornerstone of Seattle's grunge rock movement which swept the nation in the early 1990s. But Soundgarden was founded much earlier in 1984 in Seattle by Cornell, guitarist Kim Thayil and bassist Hiro Yamamoto.

The Grammy award-winning band went on a 13-year hiatus between 1997 and 2010. For part of that time Cornell fronted the group Audioslave with members of Rage Against the Machine. He also released several solo albums. 

Soundgarden was back in business, however, touring the U.S. once again. Cornell's sudden death leaves an uncertain future for the rock band.