(July 20, 1964-May 18, 2017)
Christopher John Boyle, aka Chris Cornell, most known for being the frontman for Soundgarden and Audioslave, was an American musician, singer and songwriter. He was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. He was one of 6 children, 2 older brothers and 3 younger sisters.
Around the age of 12, Cornell had access to a host of drugs such as marijuana, acid, mushrooms and prescription drugs along with copious amounts of alcohol. He tried to get away from the drinking and the drugs, but relapsed. On top of his addictions, he had severe depression issues, but at the age of 16, Chris found music. He was quoted as saying that his mother saved his life when she bought him a snare drum, which inevitably lead him to his path to stardom. As a child, he had taken piano and guitar lessons as well.
Chris went on to have musical success in bands as well as a solo artist. He has been credited as writing music for movies and had even performed a 3 song set for former Commander in Chief, Barack Obama’s Inaugural Ball.
On May 18, 2017, Cornell was found laying on the bathroom floor of his hotel, by his bodyguard, with an exercise band around his neck and blood coming out of his mouth. EMS could not revive him and pronounced dead.
Cornell’s widow has stated she felt the medical examiner “botched” the investigation into the death of her husband. To this day, she said she doesn’t think that he committed suicide “intentionally”. She said earlier in the evening, he had phoned her and told her he had taken “1 or 2” more of his prescribed Ativan. She blames the medicine.
At the time of death, Chris Cornell was 52 years old.