SOUNDGARDEN singer Chris Cornell died Wednesday night, his representative has confirmed.
The representative, Brian Bumbery, called Cornell's passing "sudden and unexpected." He added in a statement: "His wife Vicky and family were shocked to learn of his sudden and unexpected passing, and they will be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause. They would like to thank his fans for their continuous love and loyalty and ask that their privacy be respected at this time."
The 52-year-old musician was in Detroit where he performed with SOUNDGARDEN at the Fox Theatre.
A representative for the Detroit Police told Variety that the death of is being investigated as a suicide.
"At 12 a.m. [local time], we received a 911 call from the MGM Grand Casino Hotel," Detroit Police director of media relations Michael Woody told Variety. "It appears as though a family friend was checking up on Cornell at his wife's request. He went to hotel and discovered him unresponsive on the bathroom floor. Police made the location with EMS, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
"At present our investigation is leaning toward the possibility of suicide, but we must wait for a medical report to determine the cause of death. At this time we cannot release too much information about what we observed in Cornell's hotel room or what led us to this conclusion."
SOUNDGARDEN has been working on its seventh studio album since 2015, but the band took breaks while Cornell toured his "Higher Truth" solo set and drummer Matt Cameron hit the road with PEARL JAM.
SOUNDGARDEN reunited in 2010 after a 13-year hiatus, first touring and then writing and recording "King Animal", its first new studio album in 16 years.
The band kicked off a North American tour on May 3 in Atlanta, and was scheduled to wrap up the trek on May 27 at the Rocklahoma festival in Pryor, Oklahoma.
In 2002, Cornell checked himself in to rehab for two months after years of drug and alcohol addictions, forcing his then-band AUDIOSLAVE to cancel what would have been its first tour and leading to Cornell also separating at the time from former SOUNDGARDEN manager and then-wife Susan Silver. He told The Pulse Of Radio a while back what finally led him to check himself into rehab. "I really had to come to the conclusion, the sort of humbling conclusion that, guess what, I'm no different than anybody else, I've got to sort of ask for help — not something I ever did, ever," he said. "And then part two of that is, like, accept it when it comes and, you know, believe what people tell me. And trusting in what I have been told, and then seeing that work."
In a 2015 interview, Cornell weighed in on the controversy of rockers, drugs and who's to blame for their sometimes deadly combination. The singer said he didn't believe that the music industry was responsible for the deaths of rockers Scott Weiland of STONE TEMPLE PILOTS and VELVET REVOLVER, Kurt Cobain of NIRVANA and Layne Staley of ALICE IN CHAINS. "If you go into a 12-step meeting in any city, and you count 75 people, and you ask how many people are musicians, you're gonna get two, and everybody else is gonna be from every walk of life that you can imagine," he said. "The same as Scott Weiland's mother crying, there are mothers crying who have lost their sons who are construction workers, mechanics — literally anything you can think of — and it's happening every day. And the only difference between a musician that's famous and that other kid is that we don't talk about them on the radio. That's kind of it… They're not somebody that is a public personality that's already been talked about for other reasons."
RIP Chris Cornell— Jimmy Page (@JimmyPage) May 18, 2017
Incredibly Missed. pic.twitter.com/pKNI4tKiXz
SO SO stunned to hear about Chris Cornell! Such a terrible and sad loss! Thinking of his family tonight! RIP— Dave Navarro (@DaveNavarro) May 18, 2017
RIP Chris Cornell. Chris was the most influential singer to me as a writer. I just saw him perform days ago. Completely devastated— Mark Tremonti (@MarkTremonti) May 18, 2017
Shocking news. My thoughts are with his family and friends. Going to crank Badmotorfinger. @… https://t.co/vyzvOsgTHL— Scott Ian (@Scott_Ian) May 18, 2017
#RIP to one of my biggest influences, Chris Cornell... one of the greatest voices and writers of all time!— Danny Worsnop (@dannyworsnop) May 18, 2017
One of the greatest voices in rock… ?https://t.co/moHpQke22t— Anneke v Giersbergen (@AnnekeAnnique) May 18, 2017
just heard about the passing of Chris Cornell, I'm deeply saddened by this. My ♥️ to his family and band #RIPChrisCornell say hello 2 heaven— Charlie Benante (@skisum) May 18, 2017
R.I.P. Chris Cornell gone way to young— Dino Cazares (@DinoCazares) May 18, 2017
So saddened to hear this news.. my thoughts & prayers go out to his family and… https://t.co/WJFNvhu1hf— FrankBello (@TheFrankBello) May 18, 2017
WHAT?!!!! this is for real?!!!.... https://t.co/A4q4d3H1Lh— Ronnie Romero (@ronnieromerov) May 18, 2017
you will be missed much respect gavin https://t.co/3Tn0TO0ui0— GAVIN ROSSDALE (@GavinRossdale) May 18, 2017
I AM SO SADDENED BY CHRIS CORNELL PASSING. @soundgarden— GAVIN ROSSDALE (@GavinRossdale) May 18, 2017
TOTAL SHOCK.GREAT MAN.GREAT BAND.GREAT LOSS. LOVE TO EVERYONE IN HIS WORLD. XXX
RIP Chris! Too early, this is a sad day! ?— Mat Sinner (@Matsinner1) May 18, 2017
Total devastation. I can't absorb this?!! God bless you Chris Cornell. #RIPChrisCornell— Morgan Rose (@morgan7d) May 18, 2017
I am shocked. Truly shocked. I respected you so much and your voice was like no other. ? Rest in… https://t.co/NSrPuG0hTY— Cristina Scabbia (@MissScabbia) May 18, 2017
STUNNED to hear the death of Chris Cornell. Music's loss. Greater still, his family has lost a father&husband. RIP. https://t.co/5NGC2YCcz1— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) May 18, 2017
Very sad news about Chris Cornell today. A sad loss of a great talent to the world, his friends and family. Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/BlgxE6cJLH— Joe Perry (@JoePerry) May 18, 2017
Chris Cornell gone at 52, what a waste. One of my favourite singers and a lovely person, this news came as a complete shock. pic.twitter.com/T7aQ277Uos— Tony Iommi (@tonyiommi) May 18, 2017
Gutted by the loss of Chris Cornell today , Touring w him in 91 w GNR I was blown away nightly… https://t.co/XFfQiLbswS— matt sorum (@mattsorum) May 18, 2017
RIP Chris Cornell. :( :( :( One of my favorite albums ever, Euphoria Morning. All my thoughts to his family.... https://t.co/v9XuRBHzCV— Jon Dette (@jondette) May 18, 2017