For most people, the year 2016 seemed to be cursed. It felt like there wasn’t a week that passed in those 12 months in which some famous celebrity didn’t pass away tragically and unexpectedly. In 2016 we lost Prince, David Bowie, George Michael, Gene Wilder, Alan Rickman, Muhammad Ali and numerous others. Now that the dust has settled and we’re halfway through the new year, it’s like we’re all breathing a collective sigh of relief – assured that our idols are safe and sound for the time being.
But that doesn’t mean that 2017 hasn’t been without casualties. We’ve already lost Mary Tyler Moore, Bill Paxton, and Elephant Man star John Hurt. One of the greatest losses was iconic rock god Chuck Berry: the man who managed to codify and popularise an entire genre. Yet now, another musician and legend has died without warning, leaving his fans grieving and his band’s future in jeopardy.
Chris Cornell, the man who gained international fame and recognition as the lead singer of Soundgarden and latterly Audioslave, has died at the age of 52, mere hours after a live performance. Cornell’s representative Brian Bumbery stated that Cornell died on Wednesday night in Detroit, in a statement to the Associated Press. Cornell still had six dates left to go in his sold out US tour before its conclusion on May 27.
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