Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell has died at the age of 52, according to reports.
In a statement to the Associated Press, the singer’s representative Brian Bumbery said Cornell died in Detroit on Wednesday night.
Bumbery reports that the death was “sudden and unexpected” and that the vocalist’s family were in shock.
The statement goes on to say that the family would work closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause of death and have asked for privacy.
Cornell was born in 1964 in Seattle and formed Soundgarden in 1984. They recorded six albums and had been working on their new record, which was expected to be released later this year.
Aside from his work with Soundgarden, Cornell teamed up with Rage Against The Machine members Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk in Audioslave and recorded with Temple Of The Dog.
Cornell had also enjoyed a successful solo career, releasing four studio albums, his last being 2015’s Higher Truth.