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Chris Cornell; Happy and Optimistic at The End

The world was devastated as news of the death of rock legend Chris Cornell, who was 52, emerged on 17 th May, Wednesday night, after his performance in Detroit. A lot of theories as to why he died are being floated around and now it seems the most prominent is one of suicide. Reports are now coming in that Cornell hanged himself and took his own life in the MGM Hotel.

As the charismatic front man, Cornell was known for his raw and soulful voice.

With lots of different stories coming in, and speculations as to why the singer took his own life, it is important to remember Cornell not for his death – the how and why of it, but for his amazing career. Fans should try and focus on the more happier aspects of his life.

HIS CAREER

Soundgarden predated both grunge pioneers Nirvana and Pearl Jam, but it wasn’t an overnight success.  After initially struggling for a couple of years, the group achieved some commercial success with winning their first Grammy in 1994. The group disbanded in 1997. According to Cornell, there was no controversy behind it, it was just time for a break.

Cornell then joined three former members of Rage Against the Machine to form Audioslave. Their most successful single, “Like a Stone,” released in 2003. The group’s defining moment was a 2005 concert in Cuba, which at the time was billed as the country’s first outdoor rock concert by an American band.

As the charismatic front man, Cornell was known for his raw and soulful voice.

 

He also sang the theme song to the James Bond movie “Casino Royale” and released five solo albums.

Soundgarden returned to the stage in 2010 for festival performances and had recently started touring again in 2012.

 

RECENT TWEETS FROM CHRIS CORNELL FULL OF OPTIMISM, HOPE, LOVE

With not a lot of confirmed news about the cause or circumstances of death, one of the only places fans could go to get some truth and information about the singer was his social media feed. If we look at Cornell’s latest tweets, the singer was full of optimism, hope and love and that is why perhaps it’s even more shocking to hear of his death.

Just hours before his death, Cornell excitedly tweeted about arriving in Detroit for the band’s scheduled date at the Fox Theatre. Among the hashtags he included was #nomorebullshit.

On Monday (May 15) night he gushed about the group’s show in Kansas City at the Starlight Theatre with a quartet of pictures of the band and that night’s hit-packed setlist.

He also celebrated both his mother and his wife for mother’s day, announcing his love for both and how much they meant to him. “You are an angel and a lioness. The perfect mother and perfect wife,” he wrote to his beloved wife, Vicky.

And in a wistful nod to the brotherhood and love the band seems to have found in their middle age, a tweet from Tuesday (May 16) featured a quote from Cornell about what his favorite part of getting together was, what he looks forward to the most now –  “Is the camaraderie. It’s what we missed when we weren’t a band,” he wrote over a vintage video of them packed into a touring van together.

His death was a hard blow to the world of rock and metal. The suspicious circumstances and now reports of suicide are even more heartbreaking for the fans. But maybe we can all find solace in the fact that Cornell was thinking about love and friendship and seemed to be happy in his last days.

RIP Chris Cornell.

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