Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell finished his last concert with a cover of “In My Time of Dying” and posted an ominous message on Facebook before reportedly taking his own life.
Set lists posted by fans online indicated the last song the band played on May 17 was “Slaves and Bulldozers,” a Soundgarden track from 1991. However, The Sun reports the band integrated a segment of “In My Time of Dying,” the traditional gospel song famously recorded by Led Zeppelin. The song features the verse: “In my time of dying, I want nobody to mourn. All I want for you to do is take my body home. Well, well, well, so I can die easy.”
Cornell, 52, was found dead in his Detroit hotel after his wife called a friend and asked him to check on the singer. After forcing open the door to Cornell’s room, the friend found the singer’s body in the bathroom. He reportedly had something around his neck.
“He was found on the bathroom floor, our medical unit were called and he was pronounced dead on scene,” a spokesperson for the Detroit Police said, according to the BBC. “A family friend went to go check on him and observed him on the bathroom floor. The body was transferred to the medical examiner’s office and the cause of death will be determined.”
The spokesperson added that it is “being investigated as a possible suicide.”
“This is a hell of a shock, he’d been gigging frequently despite having a life that was quite extreme, and he was certainly in extremely good health, performing concerts and seemingly pretty much at the top of his game,” he said.
Soundgarden emerged in the late 1980s as part of Seattle’s grunge rock scene, earning a place beside groups like Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains.
The group’s breakthrough album, “Superunknown,” was released in 1995 to critical acclaim. It debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and received a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Record.
The band split up in 1997, at which point Cornell pursued a successful solo career. He later helped form the group Audioslave, which included members from Soundgarden and Rage Against the Machine.
Soundgarden reunited in 2010. The group had been touring together ever since, and reportedly planned to record a new album.
Sources: The Sun, BBC / Photo credit: Josh Jensen/Flickr