The singer was in Detroit performing with Soundgarden when he died, aged 52.
In a statement to AP, his rep Brian Bumbery called the death “sudden and unexpected.” He later told CNN that Cornell’s wife Vicky and family “were shocked to learn of his sudden and unexpected passing” and they will be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause.
“They would like to thank his fans for their continuous love and loyalty and ask that their privacy be respected at this time,” he said.
Cornell posted about the Soundgarden concert in Detroit on Twitter just eight hours before his death:
Fox Theatre in Detroit posted pictures of the concert:
People on Twitter were heartbroken at the unexpected death of the rocker and were paying tributes to him:
I got to see Chris Cornell in January when Audioslave reunited for 3 songs. It was such a high because I finally got to hear that voice live
— Evan Barnes (@evan_b) May 18, 2017
Breaking news: Chris Cornell has died. His band Soundgarden was set to headline Rock on the Range Friday in Columbus. Passed weds in Detroit
— Randi Rico WLWT (@RandiRicoWLWT) May 18, 2017