CHRIS Cornell may have passed suddenly and unexpectedly, but his musical legacy has left a mark on Rock and Roll forever.
We take a look back at his biggest hits - including THAT James Bond theme song...
How did Chris Cornell die?
Chris died on May 17, 2017 at the age of 52.
The Medical Examiner’s Office said in a statement :“The cause of death has been determined as hanging by suicide. A full autopsy report has not yet been completed,” after conducting an initial autopsy.
A police spokesman told two Detroit newspapers that the singer was found hanged.
The Wayne County office: “There is no additional information at this time."
Dad-of-three Cornell has been due to play at US festival Rock the Range in Columbus on May 18.
His last tweet saw him post a picture outside the Fox Theatre in Detroit, Michigan, where he performed with Soundgarden, with The Pretty Reckless supporting.
Bodyguard Martin Kirsten saw the 52-year-old rock star moments before his hotel suicide police papers reveal.
Mr Kirsten – who previously dated Heidi Klum – helped the singer fix his computer and gave him two Ativan sleeping pills.
But the security man had to kick in two hotel doors after receiving a panicked call from Cornell’s wife, Vicky Karayiannis – who reported the singer slurring his words in a final phone call.
Mr Kirsten says he found the star lying on the bathroom floor, “with blood running from his mouth”, according to the police report.
Papers obtained by The Detroit News, claims that after finishing his last show at 11.30pm on Wednesday night, Cornell was escorted to his room at Detroit’s MGM Grand hotel by Mr Kirsten.
Ms Karayiannis said: “When we spoke after the show, I noticed he was slurring his words; he was different.
“When he told me he may have taken an extra Ativan or two, I contacted security and asked that they check on him.”
A lawyer for the family has since confirmed Cornell took this for his anxiety, police reports reveal.
The family of the musician, who struggled with addiction before seeking treatment in 2002, dispute the cause of death – instead suspecting that he suffered adverse effects from either Ativan or other substances.
Kirk Pasich, a lawyer for the family, said: “Without the results of toxicology tests, we do not know what was going on with Chris—or if any substances contributed to his demise.
“Chris, a recovering addict, had a prescription for Ativan and may have taken more Ativan than recommended dosages.
“The family believes that if Chris took his life, he did not know what he was doing, and that drugs or other substances may have affected his actions.”
Ativan has been said to give users suicidal thoughts if taken in a high dosage.
Morbid fans of the tragic rock star have been calling the MGM in the hope of staying in the same room where he died.
Death-obsessed tourists phoned the venue asking to rent room 1136 where the Soundgarden singer killed himself.
The Detroit Free Press reported that the room in question is unavailable and there’s no date for when or if it will be used for guests again.
A reporter from the publication managed to book the $600 (£463) a night room but was told 1136 was not available and offered another room when they turned up.
What bands did Chris Cornell contribute to?
Chris Cornell will be most remembered for his connection to legendary grunge rock group, Soundgarden.
Forming in 1984, some of their best known songs include Black Hole Sun - which won them a music award for Best Rock Video - and Spoonman, which won a Grammy.
The album both songs came from, Superunknown, hit the top of the Billboard music charts in 1994.
Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain directly credited the band as both an influence and the reason behind Nirvana's eventual signing to record label Sup Pop.
After a series of internal spats, Soundgarden broke up in 1997, but reunited in 2010 to record their sixth and final album.
They continued to do a string of performances ever since.
He was married to the band's manager, Susan Silver, but they divorced in 2004.
Chris helped form Audioslave in the early 00s and their first album was released in 2002.
Audioslave released three albums with the rock group, with hit songs including Cochise, Like a Stone and Your Time Has Come.
They also made history as the first American rock band to perform a concert in Cuba in May 6 2005.
In Audioslave, Chris wrote all the lyrics, while his bandmates Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk were all credited in creating the music.
The band's last performance together was in January 17, 2017 - when they performed at an anti-inaugural ball in protest against Donald Trump's presidency.
It was the first time they had performed together in twelve years.
On top of his work in bands, Chris also worked on his solo material.
These included a string of live tours of himself, and acted as support act for legends Aerosmith, as well as Linkin Park.
As part of his appearances, he would join the main band on stage to provide backing vocals as well for the headliners.
He later tried to expand his musical repertoire and his third album, Scream, was produced by Timbaland.
What movies did Chris Cornell write songs for?
Casino Royale - You Know My Name (2006)
Chris wrote the theme song to the 2006 James Bond instalment, Casino Royale.
You Know My Name won two gongs for the effort. - including Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film.
The song was co-written with his composer pal David Arnold.
Machine Gun Preacher - The Keeper (2011)
Machine Gun Preacher is based on the book Another Man's War by Sam Childers.
The real-life story follows Childers and his efforts with the Sudan People's Liberation Army to save South Sudanese children from the clutches of Lord's Resistance Army.
He was nominated for a Golden Globe for the song, titled The Keeper.
The Promise - The Promise (2016)
His last foray into music for film, Chris wrote The Promise for the 2016 film with the same name.
The Promise received a lukewarm reception from cinema goers, and starred Oscar Isaac and Christian Bale.
Who has paid tribute to Chris Cornell so far?
Rock group Imagine Dragons paid tribute to the late singer at the Billboard Music Awards 2017.
The band took to the stage on for an emotional performance after telling the crowd how Chris influenced their music when they started their group.
Frontman Dan Reynolds led the tribute before a moment’s silence at the T-Mobile area in Las Vegas.
Dan said: “Although tonight is a time to celebrate the music and artists of the past year, it’s also a time to recall a member of our community we lost this past week.
“Soundgarden and Audioslave’s Chris Cornell was a true innovator. A musical architect and pioneer on the cutting edge of the Seattle grunge movement.
“He was a prolific songwriter, a legendary performer, a singer who had a voice for the ages, and a philanthropist — whose Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation helped so many children around the world.
“Even though Chris is gone, his legacy endures. We send our respects as well as our love to Chris’ family at this time. Please join us in a moment of silence to remember Chris Cornell.”
Source : https://www.thesun.co.uk/tvandshowbiz/3590174/chris-cornell-dead-suicide-cause-of-death-chester-bennington-soundgarden/