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Chris Cornell's Death Ruled Suicide, Source Says Musician Was 'Going Through a Dark Period in His Life'

ETOnline logo ETOnline 19/05/2017 Jennifer Drysdale

Chris Cornell's death has been ruled a suicide.

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A spokesman for the Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office tells ET that the Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman's autopsy is complete and the cause of death is hanging by suicide.

Cornell's rep, Brian Bumbery, confirmed to ET on Thursday that Cornell died at age 52. Bumbery said that the musician's wife, Vicky Karayiannis, and family are shocked by the news and asking for privacy.

A source close to Cornell and his wife tells ET that Cornell was "going through a dark period in his life."

"It's so sad. Horrific actually. No one had any idea that Chris was going through a dark period in his life," the source says. "His wife Vicky is absolutely devastated. They were kindred spirits -- so in love."

"Chris was a great father," the source adds. "His children must be crushed."

Reporting by Brendon Geoffrion and Jennifer Peros. 

The Samaritans offer support and advice to people feeling suicidal or vulnerable 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Their website is, email address or call free on 116 123.


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