This is one talent who won't ever be forgotten, and the proof is on social media. Celebrities are honoring Chris Cornell with beautiful tributes. Based on their words, it's clear that the former Soundgarden and Audioslave lead singer left behind quite the legacy. His music and voice touched the lives of many.
UPDATE: According to the Associated Press, the medical examiner has determined that Cornell committed suicide by hanging. E! News reports that the Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office further explained that "a full autopsy report has not yet been completed."
EARLIER: On Wednesday night, Cornell died at the age of 52, his rep, Brian Bumbery, confirmed to CNN. The Associated Press is reporting that Cornell's death is being investigated as a possible suicide. According to Bumbery, Cornell died sometime after performing with Soundgarden in Detroit Wednesday. "His wife Vicky and family were shocked to learn of his sudden and unexpected passing, and they will be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause," the statement released to CNN reads. "They would like to thank his fans for their continuous love and loyalty and ask that their privacy be respected at this time."
"Continuous love and loyalty" for Cornell is evident across social media. He brought so much to the industry and transformed music in amazing ways, especially during the early '90s. I know I'll never forget listening to Soundgarden's 1994 hit "Black Hole Sun" back in the day. He had such a unique voice, which, for me, made the song even more powerful.
With that, here's how celebs are remembering Cornell and what he brought to the world with his talent.
Very sad news about Chris Cornell today. A sad loss of a great talent to the world, his friends and family. Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/BlgxE6cJLH— Joe Perry (@JoePerry) May 18, 2017
I AM SO SADDENED BY CHRIS CORNELL PASSING. @soundgarden— GAVIN ROSSDALE (@GavinRossdale) May 18, 2017
TOTAL SHOCK.GREAT MAN.GREAT BAND.GREAT LOSS. LOVE TO EVERYONE IN HIS WORLD. XXX
SO SO stunned to hear about Chris Cornell! Such a terrible and sad loss! Thinking of his family tonight! RIP— Dave Navarro (@DaveNavarro) May 18, 2017
He is the reason I first let go & found my voice at 18. He paid me a compliment on my voice on a stage we shared years later, v sad. Kelly— stereophonics (@stereophonics) May 18, 2017
Just heard about @chriscornell - Devastating. He was a big influence for me & by all accounts a great guy. ❤️to his friends and family.— Rob Benedict (@RobBenedict) May 18, 2017
Chris Cornell had one of the most amazing voices in history. I am sad this morning to hear of his passing. Too young.— Jennifer Nettles (@JenniferNettles) May 18, 2017
Sad 2 hear of Chris Cornell passing..great singer and artist... another blow…RIP— Billy Idol (@BillyIdol) May 18, 2017
Chris Cornell was the real deal. A great voice, one of the best. And a sense of damned humor. RIP.— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) May 18, 2017
💔 His voice was always one of my favorites. Rest with the angels, Chris Cornell https://t.co/l38tZAHE7F— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) May 18, 2017
RIP Chris Cornell— Jimmy Page (@JimmyPage) May 18, 2017
Incredibly Missed. pic.twitter.com/pKNI4tKiXz
Foster The People
RIP Chris Cornell 💔condolences to @soundgarden & family. We've lost one of the greats. -MF— Foster The People (@fosterthepeople) May 18, 2017
Chris Cornell. One of the greatest voices in rock n roll history. Helped inspire me to evolve and change musically. I'm so sad. RIP BUDDY..— Butch Walker (@butchwalker) May 18, 2017
A shining voice in music has left us in the midnight. He was a complex and gentle soul #ChrisCornell has flown into the black hole sun.— Perry Farrell (@perryfarrell) May 18, 2017
Chris Cornell's lyrics + voice have loomed large for me since '94. "Fell on Black Days" now playing in tribute. Damn. May he rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/lVSDCJXX9O— Ava DuVernay (@ava) May 18, 2017
Dear Chris Cornell used to come to my parties n Hollywood n play quietly in th corner until all th woman were literally at his feet listenin— Val Kilmer (@valkilmer) May 18, 2017
So sad to hear about Chris Cornell. I remember being 10 and sneaking into my older brother's room to listen to Black Hole Sun on repeat #RIP— Michelle Branch (@michellebranch) May 18, 2017
Cornell will definitely be missed and his memory will absolutely live on through his music.