May 18, 2017

RIP to a Founding Father of Seattle Grunge Chris Cornell

The 52-year-old frontman of such influential bands as SoundGarden and AudioSlave, Chris Cornell died after a show in Detroit early this morning. The Wayne County Medical Examiner has ruled the icon's death as "hanging by suicide." Such a tragic loss of an incredibly gifted and influential musician.

The Recording Academy® Statement Re: Chris Cornell 
May 18, 2017
Chris Cornell was one of the influential originators of the 1990s Seattle grunge scene. A two-time GRAMMY® Award winner, Chris’ dynamic stage presence and impressive vocal range made him a true rock-and-roll icon. From the international success he achieved as the founder and lead vocalist of Soundgarden, to fronting the GRAMMY-nominated supergroup, Audioslave, Chris’ extraordinary talent will forever live on and inspire fellow musicians and fans worldwide. We have lost an innovative member of our creative community, and our sincerest condolences go out to Chris’ family, friends, collaborators, and all who have been impacted by his outstanding artistry.

Neil Portnow
The Recording Academy