Representative: Rocker Chris Cornell has died at age 52

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The outlet also reports that Detroit police are investigating it as a possible suicide.

The Wayne County Medical Examiner's office will make an official determination about the cause of death.

Cornell referenced death - and suicide - in 2007 interview with the AP when discussing his single, "No Such Thing". Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry tweeted: "Very sad news about Chris Cornell today".

Cornell was one of the leading voices of the 1990s grunge movement originating out of Seattle, joining the likes of Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice In Chains.

After years of playing generally aggressive music in the Eighties, his full range of musical expression showed in 1991 when he created Temple of the Dog - a supergroup featuring Soundgarden and eventual Pearl Jam members - to pay tribute to late Mother Love Bone frontman Andrew Wood.

Cornell also released solo albums, and Nielsen Music said as a band member and solo act, the singer sold nearly 15 million albums and 8.8 million digital songs in the U.S.

Similarly, 1996's Number Two-charting Down on the Upside, contained several hits ("Pretty Noose", "Burden in My Hand", "Blow Up the Outside World", all written by Cornell) and a Cornell-written outtake from that album, "Bleed Together", featured on the band's A-Sides comp would be the group's final hit before their 1997 breakup.

A Seattle native, Cornell came to prominence in the grunge scene in the early '90s after forming Soundgarden in 1984.

NPR's Rachel Martin talked to Cornell in 2015.

"It was a pretty dark album lyrically and pretty depressing, and I was going through a really hard time in my life - my band wasn't together anymore, my marriage was falling apart and I was dealing with it by drinking way too much, and that has its own problems, particularly with depression", he told Rolling Stone in 2015.

In addition, Cornell became involved in philanthropy and started the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation to support children facing challenges, including homelessness, poverty, abuse and neglect.

Cornell became another in a line of lead singers from major grunge rock bands to pass away. Our condolences go out to Cornell's family, friends and bandmates. Woody says the friend forced open a hotel room door and found Cornell on the bathroom floor.

The Grammy-winning rocker had performed Wednesday night at the Fox Theatre in Detroit.

The entertainment world awoke to the awful news Thursday that Chris Cornell - of Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple of the Dog fame - had passed away unexpectedly at age 52.

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