Chris Cornell died suddenly and unexpectedly on Wednesday night at just 52, a representative announced. Cornell is best known to Bond fans for You Know My Name, the theme song to Casino Royale in 2006.
Cornell is best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter and rhythm guitarist for Seattle rock band Soundgarden and as lead vocalist and songwriter for the group Audioslave. He was also known for his numerous solo works and soundtrack contributions since 1991, and as founder and frontman for Temple of the Dog, the one-off tribute band dedicated to his late friend Andrew Wood.
Cornell was known for his role as one of the architects of the 1990s grunge movement, for his extensive catalog as a songwriter and for his near four octave vocal range as well as his powerful vocal belting technique. He released four solo studio albums and received a Golden Globe Award nomination for his song “The Keeper” which appeared in the film Machine Gun Preacher. He also co-wrote and performed the theme song to Casino Royale (2006), You Know My Name.
The singer battled addiction to drink and drugs throughout his early career. He finally checking into rehab in 2003 after which he became sober.