Musicians React to Chris Cornell's Death

Music and entertainment figures around the globe are mourning the loss of Chris Cornell, who passed away unexpectedly at the age of 52 early Thursday morning (May 18). 

The rocker owned arguably the best pipes in the business and shone as frontman for grunge legends Soundgarden, which ruled the Billboard 200 with their 1994 classic Superunknown, and later with Audioslave, whose 2005 album Out of Exile scaled the summit of the main chart in 2005. Cornell also collaborated with members of what would become Pearl Jam to form Temple of the Dog and he joined an elite circle when he contributed vocals to a Bond song, "You Know My Name" (from the 2006 film Casino Royale).

Cornell died in Detroit shortly after performing in concert with Soundgarden. The music wasn't meant to end with this latest tour. Just last month, Cornell told Billboard a new album was well on the way.

Fans of Cornell and his work predictably took news of his death hard. Jimmy Page, Nile Rodgers, Dave Navarro, Gavin Rossdale, Adam Lambert, Sebastian Bach, Perry Farrell, Billy Idol and many more paid tribute to a rock hero on social media. See their messages below.


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Goodbye darling boy . Please say hi to all my loved ones . I cried for you today . Rip .

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Sir Lucian Grainge, chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group: “We mourn the loss of Chris Cornell, one of the most powerful, emotive and influential vocalists of his generation.  His distinctive voice and music molded a sound that defined a decade, and influences artists to this day.  The world has lost a great one – all too soon.  We extend our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.”

Timbaland: “Sad to hear of Chris’s passing, he was part of our family at Mosley Group and will be missed. Through our work together, I got a chance to know Chris, not only as a musician, but as a person. He was a genuine man with a big heart. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”