Pop and Rock Star Deaths in 2017

Soundgarden (from left): Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron, Chris Cornell and Ben Shepherd.

Chris Cornell

Bands: Soundgarden, Audioslave

Position: lead singer/guitarist

Died: May 17, 2017

Cause of death: committed suicide after Soundgarden show in Detroit

Age: 52

Distinctions: One of the most distinctive singers of the grunge era, he wrote Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" (1994), which won the Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance in 1995. Superunknown was a No. 1 album in 1994. "Spoonman," also from that album, won the Grammy for Best Metal Performance in 1995. Following their breakup in 1997, he formed Audioslave with Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Will of Rage Against the Machine. He co-wrote their hit, "Be Yourself" (No. 32, 2005). He also recorded five solo albums, the last, Higher Truth, in 2015.

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Steve Bloom

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