Soundgarden’s Cornell Buried at Hollywood Forever
Chris Cornell, front man for the alternative rock groups Soundgarden and Audioslave, was interred at Hollywood Forever Cemetery May 26th.
The 52-year-old vocalist and songwriter was found dead on May 17th in a Detroit hotel room while on tour with Soundgarden.
While Cornell’s death has been ruled a suicide by hanging, his family was challenging the coroner’s report at press time, noting that the singer had a prescription for the anti-anxiety drug Ativan and may have impaired his judgment by taking a high dosage.
“Without the results of toxicology tests, we do not know what was going on with Chris—or if any substances contributed to his demise,” Cornell’s family said in a statement.
Formed in 1984, Soundgarden—alongside Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains—was at the forefront of rock’s Grunge movement.
Soundgarden became the first of that genre on a major label when the band signed with A&R Records in 1988.
In 2001, Cornell formed Audioslave with Rage Against the Machine members Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk.
Playing rhythm guitar in both bands, Cornell became best known for such songs as “Black Hole Sun,” “Spoonman,” “Like a Stone” and “Rusty Cage.”