As the world reacts to the sudden passing of grunge icon Chris Cornell of Soundgarden, suicide has been confirmed as the cause of death.
After conducting an autopsy on Thursday, the Medical Examiner confirmed to The Associated Press that Cornell killed himself by hanging in a Detroit hotel room following a concert on Wednesday night.
A spokesperson for the Detroit Police Department tells ET Canada that at “about midnight last night we responded to a call along with our EMS, to an apparent suicide.”
The police department is also investigating this as a suicide: “The victim’s wife called a family friend to check on him. The family friend forced his way into the room and found the victim unresponsive on the floor. When the medic unit arrived they pronounced the victim dead on scene.”
When asked about reports of an object being found around Chris’ neck the police confirmed “there was something around his neck.”
Cornell leaves behind his wife Vicky and their two children, daughter Toni, 12, and son Christopher Nicholas, 11, and his daughter from a previous marriage, Lillian Jean, 16.
Cornell married Vicky in Paris in 2004. In 2012 the couple started a foundation to help at-risk children facing poverty and homelessness.
It’s also being reported that Cornell closed out the Soundgarden show on Wednesday with “Slaves & Bulldozers” which included a bit of Led Zeppelin’s “In My Time of Dying”.
Following the tragic news of Cornell’s death, we’re taking a look back at the touching time he took his young daughter to Fashion Rocks.