- Chris Cornell formed Soundgarden in 1984
- In 2001, Audioslave hired Chris Cornell and made three albums
- Chris Cornell is also popularly known for his 2007 cover of Billie Jean
Chris Cornell, a native of Seattle, formed Soundgarden in 1984 - he was originally on vocals and drums until a year later, when the band hired a Scott Sundquist as drummer. Soundgarden was among the seminal grunge bands of the early Nineties, producing six albums and hit singles such as Black Hole Sun. Their last album, King Animal, released in 2012 and the single Live To Rise was featured in the first Avengers film.
In 2001, Audioslave was formed when lead singer Zack De La Rocha left Rage Against The Machine, leaving the band in search of a replacement frontman. Chris Cornell was hired and Audioslave made three albums. He left Audioslave in 2007 but there were rumours of a possible reunion this year.
Chris Cornell also formed the tribute band Temple Of The Dog, the other members of which later regrouped as Pearl Jam. He had a tremendously successful solo career and his 2007 cover of Michael Jackson's Billie Jean became massively popular.
The singer is being mourned on Twitter be many celebrity colleagues and friends, including Led Zeppelin co-founder Jimmy Page:
RIP Chris Cornell— Jimmy Page (@JimmyPage) May 18, 2017
Incredibly Missed. pic.twitter.com/pKNI4tKiXz
SO SO stunned to hear about Chris Cornell! Such a terrible and sad loss! Thinking of his family tonight! RIP— Dave Navarro (@DaveNavarro) May 18, 2017
RIP Chris Cornell pic.twitter.com/hwwfuG5A0w— FUN LOVIN' CRIMINALS (@funlovincrims) May 18, 2017
Oh man. Sad to hear of the passing of Chris Cornell.— Elijah Wood (@elijahwood) May 18, 2017
Chris Cornell was married twice and had two daughter and a son.