Pop and Rock Star Deaths in 2017

#ChrisCornell update: He died of a drug overdose last night in Detroit

  • Distinctions: One of the most distinctive singers of the grunge era, he wrote Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” (1994), which won the Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance in 1995.
  • Superunknown was a No. 1 album in 1994.
  • “Spoonman,” also from that album, won the Grammy for Best Metal Performance in 1995.
  • He co-wrote their hit, “Be Yourself” (No. 32, 2005).
  • He also recorded five solo albums, the last, Higher Truth, in 2015.

So far in 2017, several well-known musicians have passed away, including Chuck Berry, Chris Cornell, J. Geils, Al Jarreau, Butch Trucks, Cuba Gooding, Joni Sledge, James Cotton, Larry Coryell, Col. Bruce Hampton and David Peel.

@CelebStoner: #ChrisCornell update: He died of a drug overdose last night in Detroit

Bands: Soundgarden, Audioslave

Position: lead singer/guitarist

Died: May 17, 2017

Cause of death: drug overdose

Age: 52

Distinctions: One of the most distinctive singers of the grunge era, he wrote Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” (1994), which won the Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance in 1995. Superunknown was a No. 1 album in 1994. “Spoonman,” also from that album, won the Grammy for Best Metal Performance in 1995. Following their breakup in 1997, he formed Audioslave with Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Will of Rage Against the Machine. He co-wrote their hit, “Be Yourself” (No. 32, 2005). He also recorded five solo albums, the last, Higher Truth, in 2015.

Pop and Rock Star Deaths in 2017

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