Soundgarden & Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell dies aged 52

According to a representative the death was “sudden and unexpected”

Soundgarden & Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell dies aged 52

Singer Chris Cornell of US rock band

Updated at 14:29

The lead singer of '90s rock band Soundgarden, Chris Cornell has died aged 52. 

Cornell was also the lead singer of Audioslave which formed in 2001 and contained then-former Rage Against the Machine members Tom Morello, Tim Commerford  and Brad Wilk. 

In a statement to the Associated Press, his representative, Brian Bumbery, said Cornell died on Wednesday night in Detroit.

Bumbery called the death "sudden and unexpected" and said his wife and family were shocked.

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

Cornell was born on July 20th, 1964 in Seattle, Washington to Ed Boyle (from an Irish Catholic background) and Karen Cornell. 

He formed Soungarden in 1984 with bassit Hiro Yamamoto and guitarist Kim Thayil. They would go on to record six albums together and were expected to release a new album later this year. 

Some of the biggest names in rock have paid tribute to Chris Cornell including Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, Elton John, Aerosmith's Joe Perry and Dave Navarro formerly of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. 

Elton John said on Twitter "Shocked and saddened by the sudden death of @chriscornell. A great singer, songwriter and the loveliest man."