Born Christopher John Boyle, Chris Cornell was a rock musician who served as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the band ‘Soundgarden’ and vocalist for ‘Audioslave.’
Chris Cornell was born as Christopher John Boyle on July 1964 in Seattle, Washington to Edward F. Boyle and Karen Cornell. His parents were divorced when he was a teenager. He has two older brothers and three younger sisters.
Chris attended Christ the King Catholic elementary school where first showed his singing talent. Later he joined Shorewood High School. Between the ages of nine and eleven, he spent his two years listening to The Beatles.
During his young age, he has gone through a tough situation like depression, dropped out of school. At the age of 12, he approached cannabis, and the doctor prescribed drugs them daily by 13. As a child, Cornell took classes of piano and guitar.
Before he became a successful musician, he worked as a busboy, dishwasher, fishmonger and as a sous chef at a restaurant named ‘Ray’s Boathouse’ in Settles.
In early 1980, he joined a music band ‘The Shemps’ and became a close friend of Hiro Yamamoto. However, Yamamoto left the group, but they stayed in contact with each other.
Later in 1984, Chris co-founded a band called ‘Soundgarden‘ along with guitarist Kim Thayli and bassist Hiro Yamamoto. More subsequently Matt Cameron Joined as a drummer with Ben Shepherd replacing Hiro.
However, they received a Grammy nomination for Best Performance for their debut album, Ultra mega which released in 1988. The following year, they released their second album called ‘Louder Than Love’ in 1989.
In 1994, they released their fourth studio album ‘Super unknown’ which debuted at number 1 on US Billboard 200 and sold over 310,000 copies in its first week.
The record certified five times platinum by RIAA and sold over 9 million copies over the worldwide and one of the most successful album of Soundgarden.
The album has launched several singles among them ‘Black Hole Sun’ debuted at number 24 on the Hot 100 Airplay and number nine on Mainstream Top 40 chart.
The song has been certified Gold by ARIA and Silver by BPI. Then, the band broke up after releasing Down On the Upside in 1996 but reunited for a performance in 2010 at The Showbox Theater.
Chris Cornell released his first solo album “Euphoria Morning” in 1999 by Inter scope Records which debuted at number 18 on the US Billboard 200. The album sold over 75,000 copies in its first week and eventually sold 393,000 copies in the USA.
The musician released his second solo album “Carry On” in 2007. The album debut at number 17 on US Billboard 200, selling 37,000 copies in its first week in the United States.
In late 2007, he was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture for ‘You Know My Name.’ As of September 2007, the album sold over 121,000 copies in the United States and 3 million copies worldwide.
He released more three solo albums, Scream (2009), Songbook (2011)and Higher Truth (2015).
Moreover, he continued to work with Temple of the Dog again. Before his death, Cornell released his last single ‘The Promise’ on March 10, 2017.
Besides his solo, he had released several Audioslave hit such as Cochise, Like a Stone and Stone Me How to Live, reached triple platinum in the USA along with Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, and Brad Wilk.
Audioslave’s album ‘Out of Exile’ debuted at number one on US Billboard 200 and reached platinum status.
Musician Chris Cornell home for the past seven years was a $6 million condo on the 21st floor of the Continuum South Beach, a luxury high-rise complex in Miami Beach.
He never bought the 3,000 square-foot apartment with three bedrooms, four bathrooms. He rent monthly from $28,000 to $30,000 a month. After his music tours, he came to the home.
Cornell listed his five-bedrooms, six and a half bathrooms, Beverly Hills estate for $5.4 million in 2013.
He had also had beautiful Mediterranean-style villas in 90210, which cover 5,700 square foot features large, open living spaces, custom limestone, and hardwood flooring, sleek, a state of the art gourmet kitchen with island, a gym, and a master bedroom.
The elegant exterior of the house has a cabana with outdoor living space and a large swimming pool.
Chris Cornell in an outstanding artist and has owned topped cars such as the 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T which featured in the cult-classic car chase film Vanishing Point. But sadly, he crashed the Dodge into a roadblock line with bulldozers.
Chris Cornell died at the of 52. He was found dead in the MGM Grand Hotel’s room on 18 May 2017 in Detroit while on tour with Soundgarden.
According to Channel 4 WDIV Detroit, Cornell wife called family and friends and asked them to check her husband that is he ok, but they got not a single word in return.
Then they forced to open the hotel’s room door and found him lifeless in the bathroom after he hung himself. The doctor claimed him dead at 1:30 am.
After conducting an autopsy, Medical Examiner’s Office said in a statement that the cause of death to be hanging by suicide.
According to People Magazine, Chris’s wife Vicky said,
“He didn’t want to die. If he was of sound mind, I know he wouldn’t have done this.”
After some days, she publicly released a letter addressed to Chris.
Chris Cornell was twice married in his life. He was first married to Vicky Karayiannis in 2004. They had two kids, a daughter named Toni, born in 2004 and a son named Christopher, born in 2005.
Before Vicky, he was married to Susan Silver who managed Soundgarden as well as Alice in Chains. The couple divorced in 2004. Together, they had a beautiful daughter named Lillian Jean, born in 2000.
Musician and Singer, Chris Cornell has an estimated net worth of $60 million.
He earned most of his wealth through his music sales and tours. He has released several solo albums and Audioslave.