Chris Cornell dies in ‘suspected suicide’ aged 52, just hours after performing gig in Detroit


Rocker Chris Cornell has died aged 52, just hours after performing a sold out Soundgarden gig at the FOX theatre in Detroit on Wednesday night.

09:00 EDT, 18 May 2017

Police are reported to be investigating whether the death may have been suicide.

  • Chris was reportedly ‘found dead on the bathroom floor of his hotel room in the MGM Grand Detroit by a friend’
  • The singer tweeted eight hours before the news of his death broke 
  • Soundgarden split in 1997 and reunited in 2010, their last record was King Animal in 2012
  • During their 13-year hiatus, Cornell was admitted to rehab for alcohol addiction
  • He was married to Vicky Karayiannis for 13 years and they were parents to Toni, 12 and Christopher, 11 
  • Cornell was previously wed to Soundgarden manager, Susan Silver, with whom they share daughter  Lillian Jean, 17
  • He famously sang the song, You Know My Name, for James Bond’s Casino Royale
  • The rocker was part of the same Seattle grunge rock music scene as Kurt Cobain

Chris’s wife called a family friend and asked them to check on him, according to channel 4 WDIV Detroit.

Too soon: Chris performed on stage to a sold out crowd at the Fox theatre in Detroit (pictured), just hours before his 'sudden and unexpected' death

Cornell’s representative, Brian Bumbery, called Chris’s passing ‘sudden and unexpected’ and said his wife and family were shocked by it.

The statement said the family would be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause and asked for privacy.

Shock: Chris was reportedly found dead on the bathroom floor of his hotel room at the MGM Grand in Detroit on Wednesday night by a friend (stock picture) 

Chris was reportedly found dead on the bathroom floor of his hotel room at the MGM Grand in Detroit on Wednesday night by a friend (stock picture)

According to the site, Chris was staying at the MGM Grand in Detroit, when he passed away.

The news comes just eight hours after he posted his last message on Twitter, which read:

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Chris, who famously sang the song, You Know My Name, for James Bond movie Casino Royale, was married to Vicky Karayiannis for 13 years, and they are parents to Toni, 12 and Christopher, 11.

Sharing: Fans of the rocker took to social media to post pictures of the gig, without a sense that anything was wrong

The band: Musicians Chris, Matt Cameron, Kim Thayil and Ben Shepherd of Soundgarden at the Los Angeles premiere of Marvel's Avengers at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012

 The band: Musicians Chris, Matt Cameron, Kim Thayil and Ben Shepherd of Soundgarden at the Los Angeles premiere of Marvel’s Avengers at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012

 

His love: Audioslave band mates (L-R) Tom Morello, Brad Wilk, Chris and Tim Commerford posed for a photo backstage after performing at Teragram Ballroom during the Anti-Inaugural Ball on January 20, 2017 in Los Angeles

His love: Audioslave band mates (L-R) Tom Morello, Brad Wilk, Chris and Tim Commerford posed for a photo backstage after performing at Teragram Ballroom during the Anti-Inaugural Ball on January 20, 2017 in Los Angeles

The Grammy award-winning, Golden Globe nominated singer also started the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation to support children facing poverty and abuse.

He told Details magazine in 2012: ‘When I met my wife Vicky’s family, I had to go out of my way to convince them – to show them – that I wasn’t anything like their idea of a musician.’

As for letting his own children date a rock star, Chris told Details: ‘I’ve met many, many musicians that I wouldn’t let anywhere near my daughter. Or my son.’

Cornell was previously married to Susan Silver, with which he fathered daughter Lillian Jean, 17.

Susan was manager of both Alice In Chains and Soundgarden – but they divorced shortly before he married Vicky.

His love: Chris, who famously sang the song, You Know My Name, for James Bond movie Casino Royale, was married to wife of 13 years, Vicky Karayiannis (pictured in April 2012)

His love: Chris, who famously sang the song, You Know My Name, for James Bond movie Casino Royale, was married to wife of 13 years, Vicky Karayiannis (pictured in April 2012)

Sweet: They are parents to Toni, 12 and Christopher, 11 - pictured with his family in 2010

Sweet: They are parents to Toni, 12 and Christopher, 11 – with his family in 2010.

The family also all attended the New York screening of The Promise at the Paris Theatre on April 18 this year

The family also all attended the New York screening of The Promise at the Paris Theatre on April 18 this year.

Sweet: Chris shared this picture on Twitter just four days ago as he posted a sweet mother's day message to his wife VickySweet: Chris shared this picture on Twitter just four days ago as he posted a sweet mother’s day message to his wife Vicky

Touching: He also posted a poignant message to his own mother on the day

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hing: He also posted a poignant message to his own mother on the day

He was part of the same Seattle grunge rock music scene as Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain, and in 2015, footage emerged of Cobain doing an impression of him.

He told Shaun Keaveny during an interview with BBC Radio 6 in 2012 that having the Nirvana and Pearl Jam as friends when Soundgarden were making it big really helped him.

He said: ‘It was an exciting time. We had people we could talk to about this insane experience. It was happening to a few of us. People we had known for a long time.

‘It was all new to us. We didn’t know what to make of it. It helped to have some friends going through the same craziness.’

Ironic: Chris was part of the same Seattle grunge rock music scene as Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain, and in 2015, footage emerged of Cobain doing an impression of him.

Upsetting: Social media was flooded with posts from devastated fans soon after the sad news

Upsetting: Social media was flooded with posts from devastated fans soon after the sad news

He continued: ‘We didn’t have anything close to overnight success but it was still crazy. It was very comic book like. Surreal.

‘It seemed to come out of nowhere and was not something we could have expected.’

Social media was flooded with posts from devastated fans soon after the sad news.

Posts read: ‘Truly saddened to hear of the death of @Chris Cornell, beautiful man, beautiful voice, outstanding music RIP #chriscornell #rip #legend.’

‘Actually gutted hearing about Chris Cornell passing. Soundgarden records shaped so much of my youth. This is s***.’

Tragedy: A statement said the family would be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause and asked for privacy

Tragedy: A statement said the family would be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause and asked for privacy

‘Shocked to hear about Chris Cornell. Way too young.’

‘Gutted to hear about Chris Cornell dying. 1 of the finest ever hard rock voices and great albums with #soundgarden #rip.’

‘RIP Chris Cornell. Only recently got into Soundgarden – great voice, powerful music. Sad loss.’

Good friends: Chris shared this picture of himself with Sting and Brad Pitt following the Rock4EB concert in January 

Good friends: Chris shared this picture of himself with Sting and Brad Pitt following the Rock4EB concert in January

‘Really sad to hear the news about Chris Cornell. Another one gone to soon.’

Meanwhile, Cornell faced his own share of personal demons before becoming a clean-living family man.

He said: ‘When I transitioned into adulthood – high-stakes emotional responsibilities – I did everything I could get my hands on. It happened without me really noticing it,’ he confessed.

‘The thing is, when you pick up the pipe for the first time, you don’t know that that’s your fate. The moment isn’t that dramatic. And then that was it – I didn’t want to care anymore.’

Chris Cornell talks his passion for music before his death.
Soundgarden split in 1997 and reunited in 2010, their last record was King Animal in 2012.

When Soundgarden reformed, he said the only real change was the lack of booze on the tour bus after he went tee-total.

He said: ‘The biggest difference I noticed… and we haven’t even really talked about it: There are no bottles of Jack Daniels around or beers. And we never talked about.. it’s just not there.’

Doing what he did best: Chris performing on stage at FOX theatre on May 3 in Atlanta, Georgia

Doing what he did best: Chris performing on stage at FOX theatre on May 3 in Atlanta, Georgia

Performer: He was also pictured performing during the Prophets Of Rage And Friends' Anti-Inaugural Ball at Teragram Ballroom on January 20, 2017 in LA

Performer: He was also pictured performing during the Prophets Of Rage And Friends’ Anti-Inaugural Ball at Teragram Ballroom on January 20, 2017 in LA

The band – also comprised of Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron and Ben Shepherd – were due to continue their North American tour and travel to Columbus, Ohio on Friday, with the run ending in Oklahoma on May 27.

During their 13-year hiatus, Cornell went through a dark period and was admitted to rehab for alcohol addiction.

In 2012, Chris spoke about his struggle with addiction, saying at the time: ‘It’s something that would have happened even if Soundgarden had stayed together.

‘It was a long slow slide and then a long slow recovery, but there was self-discovery too.

‘For me it was mostly alcohol – from my late teens until my late thirties.’

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In 2012: Chris spoke about his struggle with addiction following Soundgarden's split in 1997, saying: 'It¿s something that would have happened even if Soundgarden had stayed together'

In 2012: Chris spoke about his struggle with addiction following Soundgarden’s split in 1997, saying: ‘It’s something that would have happened even if Soundgarden had stayed together’

At his last performance in Detroit, Chris added these words into the song Slaves And Bulldozers during his final song:

‘In my time of dying, I want nobody to mourn. All I want for you to do is take my body home. Well, well, well, so I can die easy.’

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FBI Drone Video Captures Moment Of LaVoy Finicum’s Death – Graphic Warning


 

 

In an unexpected move, the FBI released video Thursday of state police officers fatally shooting one of the armed Oregon protesters who took over a remote wildlife refuge as a sign of protest against government land-grabbing and over-reaching.

Robert “LaVoy” Finicum, 56, died Tuesday during the arrest of occupation ringleader Ammon Bundy and four others during a traffic stop near the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. His death was captured on video taken from an FBI plane that shot footage as Finicum, driving a white truck, was pursued and ultimately confronted and killed by Oregon State Police officers.

“I want to caution you that the video does show the shooting death of LaVoy Finicum,” said Greg Bretzing, the special agent in charge of the FBI field office in Portland. “We realize that viewing that piece of the video will be upsetting to some people, but we feel that it is necessary to show the whole thing unedited in the interest of transparency.”

This is a shortened and edited version of FBI footage showing the joint FBI and Oregon State Police traffic stop and OSP officer-involved shooting of Robert “LaVoy” Finicum on the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

You’ll note that Finicum was shot by an Oregon State Police Trooper at relatively close range as he appeared to be reaching into his coat in a manner consistent with attempting to draw a handgun.

Flash bangs were then deployed in an effort to get the other occupants of the vehicle to surrender.

Update: Additional commentary via USA Today:

Bretzing said Finicum eventually pulled the truck over and was ordered by officers to surrender.

“Finicum leaves the truck and steps through the snow,” Bretzing said. “Agents and troopers on scene had information that Finicum and others would be armed. On at least two occasions, Finicum reaches his right hand toward a pocket on the left inside portion of his jacket. He did have a loaded 9 mm semi-automatic handgun in that pocket. At this time, OSP troopers shot Finicum.”

FBI agents are not generally equipped with body cameras, but video of the incident involving Finicum was captured by the FBI plane. The footage at times is obscured by trees but at one point, Finicum can be seen reaching toward his jacket pocket.

The FBI said agents and troopers found three other loaded weapons inside the truck: two .223 caliber semi-automatic rifles and a .38 special revolver.

 

The Incredibly Moving Video David Bowie Released Days Before His Death


David Bowie’s final album, ★ (pronounced “Blackstar”), was released on Friday, his 69th birthday, to great critical acclaim.

David Bowie's final album, ★ (pronounced "Blackstar"), was released on Friday, his 69th birthday, to great critical acclaim.

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One day before the release, Bowie dropped the video for the album’s second single, “Lazarus.”

Following news of his death and battle against cancer, fans have been sharing the clip for the song, which features poignant, existential lyrics that have now taken on new meaning.

The video begins with Bowie lying in a hospital bed with bandages over his eyes. His upper body then starts convulsing and moving awkwardly as he starts almost rising out of the bed.

The video begins with Bowie lying in a hospital bed with bandages over his eyes. His upper body then starts convulsing and moving awkwardly as he starts almost rising out of the bed.

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He sings:

Look up here, I’m in heaven,
I’ve got scars that can’t be seen,
I’ve got drama, can’t be stolen,
Everybody knows me now.

Look up here, man, I’m in danger,
I’ve got nothing left to lose,
I’m so high it makes my brain whirl,
Dropped my cell phone down below.

Later, another David Bowie appears in the room, dancing, writing at a desk, then slowly reversing into a closet after grappling with a mysterious figure lurking in the room.

Even before news of the singer’s cancer battle broke, critics described the video — directed by Breaking Baddirector Johan Renck — as “disturbing.”

In a press release published by Pitchfork, Renck said:

One could only dream about collaborating with a mind like that; let alone twice. Intuitive, playful, mysterious and profound… I have no desire to do any more videos knowing the process never ever gets as formidable and fulfilling as this was. I’ve basically touched the sun.

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling also tweeted the lyrics to the song.

Fans also wrote messages in memory of Bowie in the YouTube comments for “Lazarus”.

Fans also wrote messages in memory of Bowie in the YouTube comments for "Lazarus".

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YouTube

★’s producer and longtime Bowie collaborator Tony Visconti said the album was the singer’s “parting gift.”

In December, actor Michael C. Hall and the cast of an off-Broadway play also called “Lazarus,” which Bowie had worked on, performed the song on The Late Showwith Stephen Colbert.

The “Lazarus” lyrics in full are:

Look up here, I’m in heaven
I’ve got scars that can’t be seen
I’ve got drama, can’t be stolen
Everybody knows me now.

Look up here, man, I’m in danger,
I’ve got nothing left to lose,
I’m so high it makes my brain whirl,
Dropped my cell phone down below,

Ain’t that just like me,

By the time I got to New York
I was living like a king,
Then I used up all my money,
I was looking for your ass.

This way or no way,
You know, I’ll be free,
Just like that bluebird,
Now ain’t that just like me.

Oh I’ll be free,
Just like that bluebird,
Oh I’ll be free,
Ain’t that just like me.