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Grunge icon former West Seattle resident Chris Cornell dead at 52; Suicide is suspected
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Grunge icon former West Seattle resident Chris Cornell dead at 52; Suicide is suspected | West Seattle Herald / White Center News Skip to Main Content Area Thursday, May 18, 2017 | Scattered clouds, 50 °F search Letters Sign in Subscribe Contact Us Front Page News Features Sports Opinion Police Blotter UPDATE: Seattle Consignment announces closure after only 8 months in business; All inventory on sale UPDATE 5-17-17 According to new information from one Seattle ... Westside-O-Rama West Seattle Entertainment Guide Admiral Theater 2343 California Ave. S.W. 938-3456 Movie ... West Seattle enters quarterfinals with 2-1 soccer victory over Stadium By Tim Clinton SPORTS EDITOR West Seattle opened state Class ... Amanda's View: Colosseum and memoriam By Amanda Knox Approaching Century Link Field in a throng of ... Police Blotter week of 5-15-17 Man arrested for firing gun in park Around 11:30 p.m. on Wed., ... News Grunge icon former West Seattle resident Chris Cornell dead at 52; Suicide is suspected "Bowling for Bowlies" will raise money for White Center Jubilee Days Final traffic study on Fauntleroy Blvd. Project released: Project will start in December and be completed in 2019 Former Sergeant with sustained finding of dishonesty sues King County Sheriff's office UPDATE: Seattle Consignment announces closure after only 8 months in business; All inventory on sale Gayle Ann Seyl TrASH Thursday will be your chance to help clean up West Seattle 62 unit apartment building with 29 parking spaces up for early design review On the Go Week of 5-15-17 Is Your Portfolio “Healthy”? Redmond based 'Augmented Reality' game staging treasure hunt in West Seattle, Ballard and other neighborhoods May 20 Roxbury sidewalk work will close lanes starting later this month Two apartment projects with 73 units and five parking spaces up for meeting May 25 Experimac: Apple centric sales and service store opens in West Seattle Herbold: Longfellow Natural Drainage Systems Project update Jenny Durkan for Mayor – Former U.S. Attorney ready to make a run for it Three story, six unit condominium project approved for Alki Fauntleroy Boulevard Project design at 90% complete still taking community feedback Lowman Beach Park Seawall Open House set for May 31 Fauntleroy Schoolhouse Centenial celebration will feature 'Group Hug' May 21 Mayor Murray bows out of race in emotional announcement at Alki Bath House Northwest Wine Academy's Reggie Daigneault keynote speaker at Rotary Club fundraiser breakfast On the Go Week of 5-8-17 UPDATE: Man shot in the head and killed in White Center; Suspect at large West Seattle 5k will run for the ninth time May 21; Event benefits programs at West Seattle High School Kimberly RobinsonPerforming with Temple of the Dog at the Paramount in Seattle Chris Cornell was enjoying a career resurgence. Grunge icon former West Seattle resident Chris Cornell dead at 52; Suicide is suspected By Patrick Robinson 05/18/2017 updated 24 minutes ago Chris Cornell, whose grunge rock icon status grew out of Seattle and West Seattle where he lived for years has died. He was 52 years old. The cause of his death is not known at this time but according to press sources suicide is suspected. He had been on tour with Soundgarden, the band that propelled him to fame and performed with thebans Wednesday night in Detroit according to his representative Brian Bumbery in a statement to the Associated Press. Bumbery called the death "sudden and unexpected" and said his wife and family were shocked by it. The statement said the family would be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause and asked for privacy. Police were called to the MGM Grand Hotel in Detroit at midnight in response to an emergency call from one of Cornell's associates. Press reports claim that upon entry to the bathroom Cornell was found unresponsive and was pronounced dead at the scene. Cornell formed Soundgarden in 1984 with Kim Thayil and Hiro Yamamoto and would go on to international fame that really began with the band's third album Badmotorfinger. When Superunknown came out in 1994 the band hit the stratosphere selling five million albums. Cornell also worked with other Seattle rockers including West Seattle's Eddie Vedder in the band Temple of the Dog which performed a triumphant sold out tour last fall including two dates at the Paramount in Seattle. Soundgarden broke up in 1997 and Cornell went on to solo projects, and later rejoined Soundgarden in 2010. In 2001, he joined Audioslave, a supergroup that included former Rage Against the Machine members Tom Morello, Brad Wilk and Tim Commerford. That band broke up in 2007. Cornell and Soundgarden were again on tour this month. Cornell was married to Sue Sliver and lived on Gatewood Hill in West Seattle but the couple divorced in 2004. They had one daughter. Cornell remarried Vicky Karayiannis, lived in Paris and had two children. The couple formed the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation in 2012 to protect vulnerable children living in poverty and abuse. We encourage our readers to comment. No registration is required. We ask that you keep your comments free of profanity and keep them civil. They are moderated and objectionable comments will be removed. View the discussion thread. Please send us your news tips, photos or ideas of how we can better cover your neighborhood. Email us at or TEXT news tips to 206-459-6717 Receive updates on news and events in the West Seattle neighborhood via Twitter! Web development by Freelock Computing © 2017 Robinson Communications Inc. All Rights Reserved. Contact Us Terms Home Delivery Media kit available on request -- contact window.fbAsyncInit = function() { FB. 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