Chris Cornell, frontman of Soundgarden and Audioslave, was found dead on Tuesday night in Detroit. The AP reports that the autopsy on Cornell’s body was completed Thursday afternoon, and confirms that Cornell died by suicide after hanging himself. The full toxicology report has not yet been completed.
The news this morning felt like a punch to the face. Soundgarden and Temple of the Dog were mainstays in my personal music library in high school and college. I even willingly paid for (and enjoyed) some of his solo work. His voice was mesmerizing and his lyrics put into words all of the depression-fueled emotions I’ve learned to live with and manage for the past twenty years. My heart hurts. But now thinking it was a suicide, my heart is stuck in my throat. So many thoughts and emotions swirling around in my head. It may seem silly to mourn a man I have never met, but this one really stings.