Chris Cornell of the Seattle based rock band ‘Soundgarden’, committed suicide Wednesday night. The band performed earlier in the evening at the Fox Theater in Detroit, Michigan. Cornell was found dead in his hotel room at the MGM Grand Hotel in Detroit. His wife Vicky Karayiannis who was not on the road with the singer, was unable to make contact with him after the Wednesday show. She called a friend to go to his room and check on him. A call was made to 911 at midnight on Thursday, by an unnamed caller.
Police pronounced Cornell dead on the scene, he was found lying on the bathroom floor. There was much speculation through the day as to a cause of death. Late Thursday the Wayne County Medical Examiner confirmed that Cornell committed suicide by hanging. Friends and family are in shock saying that Chris was in great spirits lately and there was no signs of any trouble. His wife has asked for privacy during this difficult time. A full autopsy will be performed on Friday to determine if there were any signs of diseases or if drugs or alcohol was involved.
Cornell was married twice first to Susan Silver who was the manager of ‘Soundgarden’ at the time. They had one daughter Lillie Jean Cornell who is 17. They had a difficult divorce in 2004, Silver refused to give Cornell his guitars. After a four year court battle, he was able to get back his cherished 15 guitars. He married his second wife Vicky in 2005, they have 2 children, daughter Toni, 13 and Chris 12. Cornell has in the past struggled with drugs and alcohol and severe depression. He said he had kicked all of his habits and he was “totally clean and sober.”