Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell dies at 52 after committing suicide

Singer Chris Cornell has died at 52 years old after being discovered on the bathroom floor of his hotel room at MGM Grand Detroit following a show Wednesday night.

A medical examiner determined early Thursday afternoon that Cornell killed himself by hanging, though a full autopsy report has not been completed.

His wife allegedly called a family friend to check on the singer, and that's when the popular singer was found dead. An official told TMZ that the family friend found Cornell with "a band around his neck" after having to force his way into the musician's room.

The Soundgarden frontman performed earlier in the night, and the last song that he sang on stage was a cover of Led Zeppelin's "In My Time of Dying."

"In my time of dying, I want nobody to mourn. All I want for you to do is take my body home," the lyrics read.

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UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 01: Photo of Chris CORNELL and SOUNDGARDEN; Chris Cornell (Photo by Stuart Mostyn/Redferns)
NEW YORK - 19th JANUARY: Guitarist Chris Cornell of Soundgarden performs live on stage at the Ritz in New York City on January 19,1990. Cans of Budweiser beer are visible on the drum riser behind. (Photo by Ebet Roberts/Redferns)
UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 01: Photo of Chris CORNELL and SOUNDGARDEN; Chris Cornell (Photo by Mick Hutson/Redferns)
LOS ANGELES - MARCH 1: (L-R) Musicians Chris Cornell, Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron and Ben Shepherd of Soundgarden attend 37th Annual Grammy Awards on March 1, 1995 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Chris Cornell and Ben Shepherd of Soundgarden during RIP! Magazine Party in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Reading Festival, Britain - 1995, Chris Cornell Of Sound Garden (Photo by Brian Rasic/Getty Images)
Chris Cornell of Soundgarden (Photo by Patti Ouderkirk/WireImage)
Kim Thayil, Chris Cornell and Ben Shepherd of Soundgarden with guest (2nd R) at MTV Rock the Vote '95 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Chris Cornell of Audioslave during KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Concert at Universal Amphitheater in Universal City, CA, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Chris Cornell (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
American rock band Audioslave performs on stage, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, July 11, 2003. Pictured is singer Chris Cornell. (Photo by Paul Natkin/Getty Images)
AUSTRALIA - APRIL 26: Photo of AUDIOSLAVE; Chris Cornell / Audioslave, Melbourne Park, Melbourne Australia (Photo by Martin Philbey/Redferns)
Audioslave (Chris Cornell on vocals and Tom Morello on guitar) (Photo by Debra L Rothenberg/FilmMagic)
IRVINE, CA - AUGUST 16: Lead singer of Audioslave Chris Cornell performs on the main stage during the show at Lollapalooza at the Verizon Amphitheatre in Irvine, California August 16, 2003. Lollapalooza is a multi act festival that is touring the country. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)
Chris Cornell and Tom Morello of Audioslave during Audioslave in Concert at Roseland in New York City - April 30, 2005 at Roseland in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Chris Cornell and Tom Morello of Audioslave during Audioslave in Concert at Roseland in New York City - April 30, 2005 at Roseland in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Chris Cornell of Audioslave during Audioslave in Concert at Roseland in New York City - April 30, 2005 at Roseland in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Chris Cornell of Audioslave and his daughter Toni during Audioslave in Concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City - October 29, 2005 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Chris Cornell of Audioslave during Audioslave in Concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City - October 29, 2005 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Chris Cornell of Audioslave during Audioslave in Concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City - October 29, 2005 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Chris Cornell during The John Varvatos 4th Annual Stuart House Charity Benefit - Inside at John Varvatos Boutique in Los Angeles, CA, United States. (Photo by J. Vespa/WireImage for John Varvatos)
Chris Cornell during The John Varvatos 4th Annual Stuart House Charity Benefit - Inside at John Varvatos Boutique in Los Angeles, CA, United States. (Photo by J. Vespa/WireImage for John Varvatos)
Chris Cornell and daughter during 5th Annual John Varvatos Stuart House Benefit Presented by Converse at John Varvatos Boutique in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by J.Sciulli/WireImage for John Varvatos)
Chris Cornell and Vicky Cornell (Photo by John Sciulli/WireImage for John Varvatos)
World Music Awards, Earls Court, London, Britain - 15 Nov 2006, Chris Cornell And Wife Vicky Karayiannis (Photo by Brian Rasic/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 24: HYDE PARK Photo of Chris CORNELL, performing live onstage (Photo by Neil Lupin/Redferns)
STUDIO CITY, CA - JUNE 09: Musician Chris Cornell and wife Vicky Karayiannis arrives to the taping of Spike TV's First Annual 'Guys Choice' at Radford Studios on June 9, 2007 in Studio City, California. Spike TV?s ?Guys Choice? premieres June 13, 2007 at 10:00pm ET/PT. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 3439 -- Pictured: Musical guest Chris Cornell performs on September 19, 2007 (Photo by Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 3439 -- Pictured: (l-r) Musical guest Chris Cornell, host Jay Leno, actress Ali Larter and actor/comedian Dane Cook on September 19, 2007 (Photo by Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Singer Chris Cornell performs in concert at the Pacific Amphitheatre at the Orange County Fair on August 5, 2007 in Costa Mesa, California. (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 07: Musician Chris Cornell arrives with daughter Toni at the Kennedy Center for the Kennedy Center Honors on December 7, 2008 in Washington, DC. In its 31st year, the Kennedy Center Honors recognizes honorees for their lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
Chris Cornell performs live in concert during the Projekt Revolution Tour at the Verizon Wireless Music Center on August 17, 2008 in Noblesville,Indiana (Photo by Joey Foley/FilmMagic)
WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 07: Musician Chris Cornell arrives at the Kennedy Center for the Kennedy Center Honors on December 7, 2008 in Washington, DC. In its 31st year, the Kennedy Center Honors recognizes honorees for their lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 03: Musician Chris Cornell performs onstage at The Wiltern on May 3, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
LANDGRAAF, NETHERLANDS - MAY 30: Chris Cornell performs live on day one of the 40th Pinkpop Festival at Megaland on May 30, 2009 in Landgraaf, Netherlands. (Photo by Mark Venema/Getty Images)
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY -- Episode 992 -- Airdate 03/25/2009 -- Pictured: Musical guest Chris Cornell performs on March 25, 2009 -- Photo by: Stacie McChesney/NBCU Photo Bank
CHICAGO - AUGUST 08: Musician/vocalist Chris Cornell of Soundgarden performs in concert during the 2010 Lollapalooza festival in Grant Park on August 8, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Gary Miller/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 11: Musician/actor Chris Cornell and wife Vicky Karayiannis arrive at the premiere of 'Machine Gun Preacher' at Roy Thomson Hall during the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival on September 11, 2011 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 11: Director Marc Forster (L) and musician Chris Cornell arrive at the 'Machine Gun Preacher' premiere during the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on September 11, 2011 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 22: Chris Cornell of Soundgarden performs at the Forum on July 22, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Musician Chris Cornell and guest attend the 'Machine Gun Preacher' premiere at The Museum of Modern Art on September 13, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
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Just hours before his death, Cornell also posted a clip from a Soundgarden song, "By Crooked Steps," on his Facebook account. The graphic lyrics may have hinted at his death, with one line going like this: "Blood raining down cuts a deep, deep river and we're diving, and we're diving."

His rep released this statement following his death:

"Chris Cornell passed away late Wednesday night in Detroit, MI. 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. They would like to thank his fans for their continuous love and loyalty and ask that their privacy be respected at this time."

Soundgarden recorded a number of big hits including "Hunted Down" and "Badmotorfinger." The group's first album, "Ultramega Ok," was a huge hit and put their band on the map.

Between 2001 and 2007, Cornell was also part of Audioslave. He blamed "irresolvable personality conflicts" as well as "musical differences" for his departure.

Cornell is survived by his wife, Vicky Karayiannis, and their two young children, Toni and Christopher.

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