Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman, Chris Cornell, was found dead overnight. As officials investigate this as a possible suicide, many fans and celebrities have taken to social media to express their shock and sadness. He was just 52 years old and had performed (with Soundgarden) before a sold-out crowd in Detroit, MI just hours before his death.
While the Seattle-born musician irrefutably helped usher in that early 90s grunge sound, his talent was recognized by fans of all genres. On Twitter, some of the early messages included the following:
“I AM SO SADDENED BY CHRIS CORNELL PASSING. @soundgarden TOTAL SHOCK.GREAT MAN.GREAT BAND.GREAT LOSS. LOVE TO EVERYONE IN HIS WORLD. XXX.” – Gavin Rossdale.
“Shocked and saddened by the sudden death of @chriscornell. A great singer, songwriter and the loveliest man.” – Elton John.
“Very sad news about Chris Cornell today. A sad loss of a great talent to the world, his friends and family. Rest In Peace.” – Joe Perry.
“He is the reason I first let go & found my voice at 18. He paid me a compliment on my voice on a stage we shared years later, v sad. Kelly.” – Kelly Jones of Stereophonics.
“Chris Cornell had one of the most amazing voices in history. I am sad this morning to hear of his passing. Too young.” – Jennifer Nettles.
Meanwhile, Rage Against the Machine shared a caption-less photo, with the Chris Cornell’s name, a red star and his birth and death years on a black background. It was simple and understated but completely jarring.
Undoubtedly, the tributes will continue to pour in as the sad news continues to spread. In the meantime, we’re going to just listen to some of his music and bask in his incredible talent today. We encourage you to do the same.