We’re shocked and saddened to report that Chris Cornell, one of the most talented and recognizable voices of the 1990s Grunge scene, had died at the age of 52. With nearly a 4-octive range, he fronted Soundgarden and the supergroup Temple of the Dog before going solo. He returned to rock as the lead singer of Audioslave in the 2000s, a new group comprised of former members of Rage Against the Machine.
I saw Cornell perform live with Soundgarden and Temple of the Dog at Lollapalooza 1992; like anyone who has seen him perform live, this death feels personal.
Even horror fans who weren’t initially into grunge were nonetheless stunned by the brilliant and disturbing video for Black Hole Sun, an apocalyptic anthem that saw people’s faces distorted into demonic grins as oblivion approaches. The video for Spoonman had an industrial, spooky aesthetic normally employed by industrial acts like Nine Inch Nails and Ministry.
While his death is being described as “sudden and unexpected”, Cornell’s battles with drug addiction have been well documented. His cause of death isn’t being reported at this time.
Check out the videos for Black Hole Sun and Spoonman below as we reflect on a life cut short too soon. He’s jamming with Kurt Cobain and Layne Staley now.
All of us here at Horror Freak News send our sincerest condolences to Cornell’s fans, friends, and family.