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'Seattle's son' Chris Cornell mourned in city

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/18/2017 By CHRIS GRYGIEL
FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2011, file photo, musician Chris Cornell is shown in New York. According to his representative, rocker Chris Cornell, who gained fame as the lead singer of Soundgarden and later Audioslave, has died Wednesday night in Detroit at age 52. (AP Photo/John Carucci, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2011, file photo, musician Chris Cornell is shown in New York. According to his representative, rocker Chris Cornell, who gained fame as the lead singer of Soundgarden and later Audioslave, has died Wednesday night in Detroit at age 52. (AP Photo/John Carucci, File)

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle awoke Thursday to the news of the death of Chris Cornell, among its most famous musicians and one whose forceful, somber songs helped cement the city's place in rock history.

KEXP, Seattle's popular independent radio station, paid tribute to Cornell throughout the day. The station played non-stop songs from Soundgarden and Cornell's other bands and solo work, as well as artists who covered Cornell's material and those who were influenced by him.

Grief-stricken fans left flowers at memorials throughout the city.

Cornell was born and raised in the city and was part of a close knit group of artists who formed the foundation of what would become the grunge scene that exploded in the early 1990s.

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