Chris Cornell, lead singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave, has passed away at the age of 52 in Detroit. His representative, Brian Bumbery called the musician's death "sudden and unexpected" and said in a statement that the family would be "working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause", reported The New York Times. Cornell was born in 1964 in Seattle and helped in the formation of Soundgarden in the year 1984. The then-fledgling record label Sub Pop released the group's first single, "Hunted Down," in 1987, as well as two subsequent EPs.
The group's debut album, 'Ultramega OK,' released a year later. The music group carved a niche for itself around the Seattle scene, where Soundgarden, along with Nirvana and Pearl Jam, came to be known for their high-octane, high-angst brand of rock 'n' roll performances. Soundgarden, however, disbanded in 1997, but it reunited in 2010 and performed regularly since then. Cornell released five solo albums during and after his time with Soundgarden, starting with the 1999 LP 'Euphoria Morning'. In 2001, Cornell's band also went on to form another music group with Rage Against the Machine's lead singer, Zack de la Rocha after he left the group, called Audioslave. The group released three albums before announcing its split in 2007. Cornell also sang the theme song, "You Know My Name" of the 2007 James Bond movie "Casino Royale".
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