Chris Cornell's Death Was Ruled, The Tributes, & Isolated Vocals.

By now you've obviously heard that CHRIS CORNELL from SOUNDGARDEN, Temple of the Dog, and AUDIOSLAVE died after a show in Detroit Wednesday night, at the age of 52.  Well, the medical examiner has already ruled it a suicide by hanging.

Chris had his battles with drug addiction, but yesterday his wife Vicky said she talked to him before and after the show, and there were absolutely no signs he was depressed or suicidal.

Vicky had tried to reach Chris in his hotel room early Thursday morning but couldn't get through.  So she called somebody to check on him, and that's when he was found on the floor with some kind of band around his neck.

 TMZ has video of Chris at Wednesday's show, telling the crowd how awesome they were, and saying, quote, "I feel a little bit sorry for the next [effing] place we play." 

The last song Soundgarden played . . . and thus the last song Chris Cornell will EVER play was "Slaves & Bulldozers" . . . but they mixed in parts of "In My Time of Dying" by ZEPPELIN. 

 There probably wasn't any symbolism there.  They were known to play that one

CHRIS CORNELL's death hit a lot of people hard.  There's been no word yet from SOUNDGARDEN, but here are some of the tributes:

Dave Navarro:  "SO SO stunned to hear about Chris Cornell!  Such a terrible and sad loss!  Thinking of his family tonight!"

Rob Thomas:  "I can hardly believe the news about Chris Cornell's passing.  He was SUCH a talent and an unbelievably nice man."

Gavin Rossdale:  "Total shock.  Great man.  Great band.  Great loss.   Love to everyone in his world."

Jimmy Page:  "RIP Chris Cornell.  Incredibly Talented.  Incredibly Young.  Incredibly Missed."

Elton John:  "Shocked and saddened by the sudden death of Chris Cornell.  A great singer, songwriter and the loveliest man."

Joe Perry:  "A sad loss of a great talent to the world, his friends and family.  Rest In Peace."

The Zac Brown Band:  "Chris Cornell touched so many & we were fortunate to have worked w/ him.  He was a true talent & gentleman.  Our thoughts are with his family."

Courtney Love:  "Goodbye darling boy.  Please say hi to all my loved ones.  I cried for you today.  Rip."

And Chris' AUDIOSLAVE bandmate TOM MORELLO said, quote, "I love you, brother.  Thank you for your friendship and your humor and your intellect and your singular and unmatched talent..

"I am devastated and deeply saddened that you are gone dear friend but your unbridled rock power, delicate haunting melodies and the memory of your smile are with us forever.  Your beautiful voice and beautiful self will always be in my heart."

Meanwhile, some fans left flowers at Seattle's "Sound Garden" sculpture, which inspired the band's name.

CHRIS CORNELL's death has made a lot of people realize something:  We need to protect EDDIE VEDDER at all costs because he's THE BETTY WHITE OF GRUNGE!!!

No, he's not the ONLY grunge singer from the early '90s left, like Betty White is the only "Golden Girl".  But if there were a Mount Rushmore of Grunge, Eddie would be the only one on it still breathing.

Think about it:  Cornell gone.  Kurt Cobain gone.  Scott Weiland .gone. Layne Staley from Alice in Chains gone.  Not to mention Shannon Hoon from Blind Melon and Andrew Wood of Mother Love Bone.

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