Cornell’s publicist has confirmed that the musician died on Wednesday night, the same night that Soundgarden played a show in Detroit.
Fellow rocker Dave Navarro led the tributes, writing, “SO SO stunned to hear about Chris Cornell! Such a terrible and sad loss! Thinking of his family tonight! RIP.”
Many are also noting how much of an influence Cornell was musically as one of the pioneers of the grunge movement.
Danny Worsnop of Asking Alexandria called Cornell one of his “biggest influences”, and producer Butch Walker credited him for helping to “inspire me to evolve and change musically”.
Many Australians have also been deeply saddened by the loss of a legend.
AJ Maddah, the founder of Soundwave Festival, farewelled his “beautiful friend”. Maddah booked Soundgarden to play Soundwave Festival back in 2015.
See some of the tributes below.
UPDATE: Chris Cornell’s death has been ruled as suicide.
RIP Chris Cornell
Incredibly Missed. pic.twitter.com/pKNI4tKiXz
— Jimmy Page (@JimmyPage) May 18, 2017
Farewell my beautiful friend.
Condolences to Vicky, Ron and the Cornell family. 💖
— AJ (@iamnotshouting) 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
Sad 2 hear of Chris Cornell passing..great singer and artist… another blow…RIP
— Billy Idol (@BillyIdol) May 18, 2017
RIP Chris Cornell. Damn
— mark lanegan (@marklanegan) May 18, 2017
— Glenn Hughes (@glenn_hughes) May 18, 2017
Rest in Power Chris Cornell.
— XIBALBA (@XibalbaCA) May 18, 2017
— Jane Gazzo (@JaneGazzo) May 18, 2017
RIP CHRIS CORNELL
The 90s wouldn't have been the same without him. One of my fav singers as a kid. 🙁
— Ⓥthony Ⓥtano (@theneedledrop) May 18, 2017
RIP Chris Cornell. Chris was the most influential singer to me as a writer. I just saw him perform days ago. Completely devastated
— Mark Tremonti (@MarkTremonti) May 18, 2017
RIP Chris Cornell 💔condolences to @soundgarden & family. We've lost one of the greats. -MF
— Foster The People (@fosterthepeople) May 18, 2017
RIP @chriscornell one of the best & most distinct voices of our time
— SAFIA (@SAFIAmusic) May 18, 2017
Oh man. Sad to hear of the passing of Chris Cornell.
— Elijah Wood (@elijahwood) May 18, 2017