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Chris Cornell, who helped reignite hard rock in the 1990s with Soundgarden, dies at 52

Chris Cornell, who helped reignite hard rock in the 1990s with Soundgarden, dies at 52

Chris Cornell, an icon of the ’90s hard-rock grunge movement and the anchor of Soundgarden and Audioslave, was never quiet about his need to perform.

The artist’s death at age 52 was reported early Thursday after a Wednesday night Soundgarden concert in Detroit.

The Wayne County medical examiner’s office has ruled Cornell’s death a suicide by hanging, said the department’s director of communications James Martinez.

Cornell had said he would have led a much quieter life if not for the stage.

“If I didn’t do what I do, I think for the most part I would have very few friends and be a shut-in most of the time,” he told The Times in 1991. “It’s sort of a battle...

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