Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, Audioslave). RIP

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This came as a big shock. Cause of death is so far unknown.
May 18, 2017 10:07 AM
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Just saw this on a news crawler.

Man, that sucks. The dude still had it. His new music was solid and his voice richer and more mature and metered than his older work.

I'm getting goddamn sick of 90s rock stars biting it so young.

RIP
May 18, 2017 10:42 AM
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R.I.P. Soundgarden's music made my middle and high school years a hell of a lot more enjoyable and bearable.
May 18, 2017 12:03 PM
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What the everloving fuck. I had literally "graduated" from 80's metal and got into grunge as I got out of high school and started college in the early 90's. Soundgarden was a huge part of that. And I loved Audioslave. I still remember them playing on top of the marquee at the Letterman show, their first live appearance, IIRC.

His solo stuff is so good, too... Sunshower brought me to tears. His cover of Billie Jean is the only one that rivals the original. And I'd consider his James Bond theme to be the last good one.


I can't even. Today is going to suck.


May 18, 2017 12:08 PM
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May 18, 2017 12:13 PM
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Soundgarden had just finished playing a show earlier in the evening. He was 52 years old. Yeah, today is gonna suck. So many memories are rushing back to me.
May 18, 2017 12:14 PM
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Hopefully it is not suicide or drug overdose (though I doubt either.)

Superunknown is still one of my favorite albums of all time.
May 18, 2017 1:15 PM
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One of the greatest singers of all time.

Cobain, Staley, Weiland, now Cornell... the gods of grunge are so few now. Who are still left that you would put in that generation/wave? Trent Reznor, Billy Corgan, King Buzzo, Eddie Vedder - though I'd say Reznor's music was more experimental and doesn't really fit inside "grunge" he's definitely of that generation and owes a bit to it, by having synth-pop hooks blended with metal, Nine Inch Nails basically straddled grunge. But basically half of the biggest grunge lords are gone now.

IDK much about Cornell's personal life, but he seemed to have a good reputation. I was always a big fan since Superunknown. And you gotta love Rusty Cage
May 18, 2017 5:04 PM
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jasper de largeOne of the greatest singers of all time.

Cobain, Staley, Weiland, now Cornell... the gods of grunge are so few now. Who are still left that you would put in that generation/wave? Trent Reznor, Billy Corgan, King Buzzo, Eddie Vedder - though I'd say Reznor's music was more experimental and doesn't really fit inside "grunge" he's definitely of that generation and owes a bit to it, by having synth-pop hooks blended with metal, Nine Inch Nails basically straddled grunge. But basically half of the biggest grunge lords are gone now.

IDK much about Cornell's personal life, but he seemed to have a good reputation. I was always a big fan since Superunknown. And you gotta love Rusty Cage

Nah.
May 18, 2017 5:46 PM
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Also Mother Love Bone's Andrew Wood. All these deaths have a common link. They were all lead singers.
May 18, 2017 6:06 PM
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Sad news. I'm not entirely surprised. I saw him perform on late night tv recently, and I was really struck by how thin he looked. I just had a bad feeling....
May 18, 2017 11:27 PM
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While early/mid nineties alternative rock is a flavor that hasn't aged well for me, with there only being a small handful of that scenes albums I still truly love (Siamese Dream, Last Splash, Jar of Flies, maybe In Utero), Badmotorfinger was absolutely one of them and Cornell is very much one of the reasons for that. Seeing the video for Jesus Christ Pose may have been one of the highlights of 90's hard rock me, this long haired beast in the desert screaming right through the television screen at me, shocking me into the present music scene like few other bands were able to do. I could no longer pretend music didn't exist after 1979.

Terrible news.
May 18, 2017 11:58 PM
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Yeah Jesus Christ Pose is an all time favorite of mine. Those riffs are thundering.
May 19, 2017 1:15 AM
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Loved his work! Really heartbreaking to hear that he's gone.

From what I've read it was a suicide, which makes it even harder to understand.

Also... God damn I'm getting old. He was 52!!!
May 19, 2017 1:54 AM
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Black PhilipYeah Jesus Christ Pose is an all time favorite of mine. Those riffs are thundering.

I think I enjoyed his Audioslave work the most.

Like a Stone and I am the Highway are frequents on my playlist to this day.
May 19, 2017 1:55 AM
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTtZalqtQH0

In honor of Chris.

Lots of news reports are now claiming suicide by hanging. Sad.
May 19, 2017 2:42 AM
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David Chromiakhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTtZalqtQH0

In honor of Chris.

Lots of news reports are now claiming suicide by hanging. Sad.

Just a point of clarification: It is not the news reports' claim that he committed suicide by hanging. That's a claim from the Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office as conveyed to and further disseminated by the media, and the onus is on that office to be correct in the statement it issues.

I know this is pedantic, but in an environment where the press is under assault from the White House, I think it's important not to imply shortcomings of the media where none exist. You wouldn't reasonably expect reporters to conduct the autopsy themselves, would you?
May 19, 2017 2:56 AM
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Really sad news. I liked Soundgarden, but was never that much into it. However, when I got married, my wife got me into Cornell's solo career, to the point that Euphoria Morning has become one of my absolute fave albums. That was all that I listened to yesterday. RIP
May 19, 2017 12:06 PM
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crumbsroomWhile early/mid nineties alternative rock is a flavor that hasn't aged well for me, with there only being a small handful of that scenes albums I still truly love (Siamese Dream, Last Splash, Jar of Flies, maybe In Utero), Badmotorfinger was absolutely one of them and Cornell is very much one of the reasons for that. Seeing the video for Jesus Christ Pose may have been one of the highlights of 90's hard rock me, this long haired beast in the desert screaming right through the television screen at me, shocking me into the present music scene like few other bands were able to do. I could no longer pretend music didn't exist after 1979.

Terrible news.

Curious why you can't fully commit on this one.
May 19, 2017 1:55 PM
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Cornell's wife and attorney are blaming it on his anxiety medication:

Rolling StoneHowever, following Soundgarden's concert Wednesday night, Vicky noticed a change in her husband's demeanor when they talked on the phone after the show.

"When we spoke after the show, I noticed he was slurring his words; he was different. When he told me he may have taken an extra Ativan or two, I contacted security and asked that they check on him," she continued. "What happened is inexplicable and I am hopeful that further medical reports will provide additional details. I know that he loved our children and he would not hurt them by intentionally taking his own life."

An attorney for the Cornell family, Kirk Pasich, reiterated Vicky's belief that an extra dosage of Ativan, an anxiety medication often employed by recovering addicts, altered Chris Cornell's mental faculties after the Detroit show. Pasich added that the Cornell family is "disturbed at inferences that Chris knowingly and intentionally took his life."

"Without the results of toxicology tests, we do not know what was going on with Chris - or if any substances contributed to his demise," Pasich said. "Chris, a recovering addict, had a prescription for Ativan and may have taken more Ativan than recommended dosages. The family believes that if Chris took his life, he did not know what he was doing, and that drugs or other substances may have affected his actions."

Pasich added that side effects of Ativan include "paranoid or suicidal thoughts, slurred speech and impaired judgment"; Vicky Cornell noted her husband's slurred speech following the Detroit concert in her statement.
May 19, 2017 2:49 PM
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