One of the pioneers in the Seattle Grunge movement, Soundgarden front man Chris Cornell, has passed away at the age of 52.

In a statement issued to The Associated Press, Brian Bumbery said Cornell died Wednesday night in Detroit. Cornell was set to appear at the US festival Rock On The Range at Columbus, OH on 18/5 amongst other dates listed on his website.

At the present time it’s unclear the cause of death and has said to have been “sudden” and “unexpected”. Cornell’s family have asked for privacy while they work with a medical examiner to determine the cause.

Soundgarden were famously the first grunge band to sign to a major label (A&M in 1988), paving the way for the likes of Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains to pour into the mainstream.

In his extensive, illustrious career Cornell has gone on to front not one but two iconic rock bands, the aforementioned Soungarden and later the ‘supergroup’ Audioslave.
Other accomplishments noted are providing the theme song ‘You Know My Name’ for Bond film ‘Casino Royale’, a back catalogue of four studio albums – most recently 2015’s Higher Truth and worldwide sales exceeding 22.5 milllion with Soundgarden.

Sound garden were only on stage last night at the Fox Theatre in Detroit