The death of the lead singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave is under investigation. His suicide cannot be explained by his shocked family, friends or fans. It is known however that Cornell was on a prescription anti-anxiety medication and the possibility that the prescription may have influenced his spur of the moment decision to kill himself is being explored.
Chris Cornell was only 52 at the time of his death. He had a happy family life. In professional life, Cornell was accomplished and successful.
Cornell was one of the influential figures of the 1990s grunge movement. Soundgarden was considered one of the leaders of Seattle’s grunge music scene along with such giants as Nirvana and Pearl Jam.
Chris Cornell’s career can be seen as having several distinct stages.
1/ 1984: the co-founding of Soundgarden and the hits from the time ”Rusty Cage”, “Outshined” and “Jesus Christ Pose”.
2/ 1991: Cornell’s collaboration with several members of Pearl Jam led to the founding of Temple of the Dog.
3/ 1995: the height of Soundgarden’s success (the band was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Record for “Superunknown”). The album included such hit songs as “The Day I Tried to Live”, ”Fell on Black Days”, ”Black Hole Sun” and “Spoonman”.
4/ After the 1997 breakup of Soundgarden, Cornell continued performing solo.
5/ In 2001, Cornell joined forces with Audioslave, the band that featured former Rage Against the Machine members Tom Morello, Brad Wilk and Tim Commerford. During his time with the band, Audioslave released three albums.
6/ In 2007 Audioslave disbanded. In 2012 Soundgarden reunited, Cornell joined the band again and in the same year the band released its sixth studio album “King Animal”.
Chris Cornell’s was a talented artist and a decent human being dedicated to the welfare of children. He had no reason to end his life early. Hopefully the investigation exploring a possible link between his prescription medication and his suicide will help make sense of his death and bring a measure of peace to his loved ones.
Anything L.A. Liberal Magazine’s Entertainment Editor, I. Sturm