Official: Chris Cornell Committed Suicide by Hanging
The Associated Press has made the rumors official: Chris Cornell committed suicide by hanging himself, according to a Detroit medical examiner.
No additional details are available at this time. But the news that Cornell took his own life makes the fan-filmed footage from last night’s Soundgarden performance — now Cornell’s final show ever — all the more chilling. Is that the face of a man who knows he’s going to take his own life in a few hours? I would assume so. The last thing Cornell sang at the end of the concert — the last thing he sang ever — was a version of Soundgarden’s “Slaves and Bulldozers,” featuring these lyrics…
So bleed your heart out
There’s no more rides for free
Bleed your heart out
I said, ‘What’s in it for me?
What’s in it for me?’
…merged with a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “In My Time of Dying,” featuring these lyrics:
In my time of dying, I want nobody to mourn
All I want for you to do is take my body home
I don’t really know what else to say right now. This is just heartbreaking — all the more so when you remember that Cornell leaves behind not just his bandmates, but a wife and three young children.
More as we get it. Here’s video of the “Slaves & Bulldozers”/”In My Time of Dying” performance: