Chris Cornell (Christopher John Boyle; July 20, 1964 – May 17, 2017) was an American singer. He is best known as the singer in the grunge band Soundgarden. He started the band in 1984 with lead guitarist Kim Thayil, and bassist Hiro Yamamoto. Cornell is regarded as one of the greatest vocalists in rock history.
Cornell at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival
Christopher John Boyle
July 20, 1964
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
|Died||May 17, 2017 (aged 52)|
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
|Cause of death||Suicide by hanging|
|Resting place||Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood, California, United States|
(m. 1990; div. 2004)
(m. 2004; his death 2017)
|Relatives||Peter Boyle, Patrick Boyle, Katy Boyle, Suzy Boyle|
He released his debut album in September 1999, Euphoria Morning. Later, in 2001, he began the supergroup Audioslave with the former members of Rage Against the Machine. Cornell recorded three albums as Audioslave's singer until the band's breakup in early 2007. His second solo album Carry On was released to mixed commercial success in June 2007.
Cornell was born in Seattle to Ed Boyle and Karen Cornell. He is of English, French, German, Irish, Manx, Northern Irish, Norwegian, Scottish, Swiss, and Welsh. Cornell was first married to Susan Silver, the manager of Alice in Chains and Soundgarden. They had a daughter, Lillian Jean, in June 2000. He and Silver divorced in 2004. In December 2008, Cornell said that he had finally won back his collection of 15 guitars after a four-year court battle with Silver.
He then married Vicky Karayiannis. She is an American publicist of Greek heritage. She gave birth to his second daughter, Toni, in September 2004, and his third child, Christopher Nicholas, in December 2005. Cornell converted to the Greek Orthodox Church because of her faith in the church.
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