Chris Cornell was famed for leading the Seattle based grunge band Soundgarden from 1984 to 1997 and again from 2010 to the present day.
Soundgarden’s most successful album, 1994’s Superunknown features songs like “Black Hole Sun”, “Spoonman”, “The Day I Tried to Live” and “Fell on Black Days,” peaked at Number One in the US and sold nine million copies worldwide.
In between the two spells, Cornell joined Audioslave and released three albums with the band between 2002 and 2006.
Cornell famously played “You Know My Name,” the theme song for 2006 James Bond film Casino Royale.
Chris has also released four solo albums, the most recent of which, Higher Truth, came out in 2015.
In November 2016, Cornell hit the road for the first time with another supergroup of sorts, Temple of the Dog, which features a blend of members of Soundgarden and Pearl Jam.
Earlier this year he teamed up with Sting to perform a number of Soundgarden and The Police songs at a charity gig.
Sudden death of Cornell leaves fans and colleagues stunned
Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page: was one of the first to pay tribute to Cornell, “RIP Chris Cornell. Incredibly Talented. Incredibly Young. Incredibly Missed.”
Elton John tweeted “Shocked and saddened by the sudden death of @chriscornell. A great singer, songwriter and the loveliest man.”
Mike Portnoy posted on Facebook, “Wow...this one is shocking. Chris Cornell was one of the benchmark vocalists and songwriters of our generation...devastating loss. #RIPChrisCornell”
Nile Rodgers wrote, “A mutual friend called me and tells me my bro passed away. #RIPChrisCornell You are a great artist Love to Vicki and fam.”
Dave Navarro tweeted, “SO SO stunned to hear about Chris Cornell! Such a terrible and sad loss! Thinking of his family tonight! RIP.”