SOUNDGARDEN‘s singer Chris Cornell died on Wednesday night, his representative has confirmed.
The representative, Brian Bumbery, called Cornell‘s passing “sudden and unexpected.” He added in a statement: “His wife Vicky and family were shocked to learn of his sudden and unexpected passing, and they will be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause. They would like to thank his fans for their continuous love and loyalty and ask that their privacy be respected at this time.”
The 52-year-old musician was in Detroit where he performed with SOUNDGARDEN at the Fox Theatre.
SOUNDGARDEN has been working on its seventh studio album since 2015, but the band took breaks while Cornell toured his “Higher Truth” solo set and drummer Matt Cameron hit the road with PEARL JAM.
SOUNDGARDEN reunited in 2010 after a 13-year hiatus, first touring and then writing and recording “King Animal”, its first new studio album in 16 years.
The band kicked off a North American tour on May 3 in Atlanta, and was scheduled to wrap up the trek on May 27 at the Rocklahoma festival in Pryor, Oklahoma.