UPDATE: Rocker Chris Cornell has died at age 52

UPDATE (12:45 p.m.) – DETROIT (AP) – Medical examiner determines Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell committed suicide by hanging in Detroit.

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ORIGINAL STORY – According to his representative, rocker Chris Cornell, who gained fame as the lead singer of Soundgarden and later Audioslave, has died at age 52.

In a statement to The Associated Press, Brian Bumbery says Cornell died Wednesday night in Detroit.

Bumbery called the death “sudden and unexpected” and said his wife and family were shocked by it. The statement said the family would be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause and asked for privacy.

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