Chris Cornell was found dead at age 52 of a ‘suspected suicide’ in the bathroom of the MGM Grand Hotel in Detroit on Wednesday night after performing a sold-out concert.
Soon after the world expressed their shock at the loss of the Soundgarden icon who was responsible for the hits You Know My Name and Can’t Change Me.
Celebrities were quick to react with Elton John calling him a ‘great singer’ and Billy Idol commenting he was ‘an artist.’ But his longtime friend Brad Pitt – who he had been close to for decades – has yet to comment.
A nice note: Elton John called singer Chris Cornell ‘the loveliest man’ after learning of his shock death on Wednesday evening in Detroit
From one legend to another: Billy Idol tweeted: ‘Sad 2 hear of Chris Cornell passing..great singer and artist… another blow…RIP’
His best pals: Brad Pitt was very close to Chris for decades; here they are seen with Sting in January at a fundraiser in Malibu
Brad and Chris often spent time together with their children – Chris has two while Brad has six.
And Pitt took in the rocker’s concerts regularly while Chris hit the Fury actor’s film premieres.
In January the actor and the musician were seen side by side at a fundraiser in Malibu where they were joined by Sting.
Buddies: Pitt took in the rocker’s concerts regularly while Chris hit the actor’s film premieres; here they are seen in 2011 at an event for Brad’s movie Moneyball
‘Shocked and saddened by the sudden death of @chriscornell. A great singer, songwriter and the loveliest man,’ John tweeted.
Billy Idol tweeted: ‘Sad 2 hear of Chris Cornell passing..great singer and artist… another blow…RIP.’
Gavin Rossdale added: ‘I AM SO SADDENED BY CHRIS CORNELL PASSING. @soundgarden TOTAL SHOCK. GREAT MAN. GREAT BAND. GREAT LOSS. LOVE TO EVERYONE IN HIS WORLD. XXX.’
Another fan: Gavin Rossdale added: ‘I AM SO SADDENED BY CHRIS CORNELL PASSING. @soundgarden TOTAL SHOCK. GREAT MAN. GREAT BAND. GREAT LOSS. LOVE TO EVERYONE IN HIS WORLD. XXX’
Another pal: Val Kilmer of Top Gun fame talked about how Chris would play ‘in the corner’
Close: Dave Navarro typed: ‘SO SO stunned to hear about Chris Cornell! Such a terrible and sad loss! Thinking of his family tonight! RIP’
Will Sasso added: His voice pulverized all classification, forever otherworldly. My heart goes out to his family. RIP Chris Cornell. https://
Dave Navarro typed: ‘SO SO stunned to hear about Chris Cornell! Such a terrible and sad loss! Thinking of his family tonight! RIP.’
Actor Elijah Wood tweeted: ‘Oh man. Sad to hear of the passing of Chris Cornell.’
A new face pays tribute: Lin-Manuel Miranda shared a song from the rock star
His words: Actor Elijah Wood tweeted: ‘Oh man. Sad to hear of the passing of Chris Cornell’
Longtime collaborator: Sebastian Bach wrote a tweet about how he was crying
More: The headbanger said he would drink beer with Chris
Carson Daly added: ‘I’m so shocked to wake up and hear about the sudden passing of Chris Cornell. A quintessential voice of a generation. Praying for his family.’
Mark Tremonti said: ‘RIP Chris Cornell. Chris was the most influential singer to me as a writer. I just saw him perform days ago. Completely devastated.’
Police are reported to be investigating whether the death may have been suicide.
He never stopped: Here Chris is seen performing in Detroit just hours before he died
Chris’s wife called a family friend and asked them to check on him, according to channel 4 WDIV Detroit following the gig.
The friend forced opened the door and found Chris on the bathroom floor and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
MailOnline has contacted Detroit Police for further information.
From the top: Jimmy Page wrote ‘RIP Chris… incredibly talented’
Hours before his death, Cornell posted a link to his band’s performance of By Crooked Steps, with the lyrics ‘I’m the shape of the hole inside your heart.’
The song which also features the lyrics, ‘not looking for a brighter side… I don’t care if you want to cry’ was unusually dark for Soundgarden with drummer Matt Cameron once remarking on how it was such a ‘serious’ song.
Lyrics also include ‘I’m a ghost and a healer’ and ‘When blood is raining down, it cuts a deep deep river, ‘ it continues.
Devastated fans have shared the band’s setlist online, writing that the final song of the night was their song, Slaves And Bulldozers.
From a star fan: Rob Thomas wrote that Chris was ‘SUCH a talent’
An American Idol vet: Chris Daughtry wrote that he was ‘heartbroken’
But according to The Sun, the band had added a portion of the Led Zeppelin song, In My Time Of Dying halfway through.
The lyrics are: ‘In my time of dying, I want nobody to mourn. All I want for you to do is take my body home. Well, well, well, so I can die easy.’
Cornell’s representative, Brian Bumbery, called Chris’s passing ‘sudden and unexpected’ and said his wife and family were shocked by it.
He looked up to him: Perry Farrell added that Chris had a ‘shining voice’
Another rock star: Adam Lambert of Idol fame told Chris to rest in peace
The statement said the family would be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause and asked for privacy.
According to the site, Chris was staying at the MGM Grand in Detroit, when he passed away.
The news comes just eight hours after he posted his last message on Twitter, which read: ‘#Detroit finally back to Rock City!!!! @soundgarden #nomorebull****.’
He admired Cornell: Carson Daly added: ‘I’m so shocked to wake up and hear about the sudden passing of Chris Cornell. A quintessential voice of a generation. Praying for his family’
Chris, who famously sang the song, You Know My Name, for James Bond movie Casino Royale, was married to Vicky Karayiannis for 13 years, and they are parents to Toni, 12 and Christopher, 11.
Soundgarden split in 1997 and reunited in 2010, their last record was King Animal in 2012.
When Soundgarden reformed, he said the only real change was the lack of booze on the tour bus after he went tee-total.
His family: With wife of 13 years Vicky Karayiannis and their kids Toni (now 12) and Christopher (now 11) in 2010
He said: ‘The biggest difference I noticed… and we haven’t even really talked about it: There are no bottles of Jack Daniels around or beers. And we never talked about.. it’s just not there.’
The band – also comprised of Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron and Ben Shepherd – were due to continue their North American tour and travel to Columbus, Ohio on Friday, with the run ending in Oklahoma on May 27.
Four days ago: He posted a loving tribute to his wife on Sunday
During their 13-year hiatus, Cornell went through a dark period and was admitted to rehab for alcohol addiction.
In 2012, Chris spoke about his struggle with addiction, saying at the time: ‘It’s something that would have happened even if Soundgarden had stayed together.
‘It was a long slow slide and then a long slow recovery, but there was self-discovery too.
‘For me it was mostly alcohol – from my late teens until my late thirties.’
More words: Here Mike Portnoy and Foster The People, among others, made shout outs