Cornell died overnight in Detroit while on tour with Soundgarden, according to representative Brian Bumbery. In a statement to the AP, Bumbery said his death was “sudden and unexpected.”
No cause of death was immediately given.
The performer first came to fame in the late ’80s as the lead singer of Soundgarden, the Seattle-based group at the forefront of the grunge rock movement along with fellow Seattle bands Nirvana and Pearl Jam.
Former rock manager and current “The Talk” host Sharon Osbourne mourned the loss, which personally impacted her and her family.
“He had one of the saddest, more beautiful voices you’ve ever heard,” she said on Thursday’s episode of the daytime show. “This man had such sadness in his soul. Multilayered man, and I just want to say to his wife and children that our thoughts and prayers are with you. It’s a huge, huge loss, a huge loss to everyone … God bless his soul. I hope he’s at peace now.”
Osbourne’s husband Ozzy once called Cornell his favorite singer.
Actor Val Kilmer shared a video of his son rocking out Cornell a few years ago, writing: “I love them both so much.”
Here are some more Twitter tributes from famous fans remembering the golden-voiced singer: