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Grunge innovator, Soundgarden frontman

Grunge innovator, Soundgarden frontman
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May 19

Chris Cornell, the powerful, dynamic singer whose band Soundgarden was one of the architects of grunge music, died Wednesday night in Detroit after the band had performed there.

After Soundgarden disbanded in 1997, a breakup that would last for more than a decade, Cornell returned to heavy drug use, telling The Guardian in 2009 that he was a "pioneer" in the abuse of the opiate OxyContin and that he had gone to rehab.

Cornell helped form Soundgarden in Seattle, where he was born, around 1984.

The album Badmotorfinger, released in 1991, benefited from a swell of attention that was beginning to surround the Seattle scene, where Soundgarden, along with Nirvana and Pearl Jam, were playing a high-octane, high-angst brand of rock 'n' roll.

Cornell released five solo albums during and after his time with Soundgarden, starting with the 1999 LP Euphoria Morning.

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