Chris Cornell spent one of the last days of his life in Kansas City.
It was Sunday, Mother’s Day, and he was the good son and husband, tweeting his love to his wife and mother from the road.
He called his wife, Vicky, an “angel and a lioness.”
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That night he and Soundgarden performed for more than 6,000 people at Kansas City’s Starlight Theatre.
“Front man Chris Cornell is a bona fide rock star,” wrote Kansas City Star reviewer Bill Brownlee. (Read his review of the show here.)
The next day Cornell thanked Kansas City for “blowing it up!”
His fans in Kansas City would be among the last to see him. The lead singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave died Wednesday night at the MGM Grand Detroit hotel after a concert. He was 52. His death is being investigated as a possible suicide.
Around 5 p.m. on Wednesday Cornell tweeted that he was excited to be back in Detroit.
“At no point during Wednesday night’s Soundgarden concert could anyone at Detroit’s Fox Theatre have guessed that lead singer Chris Cornell would be dead just a few hours later,” writes Gary Graff for Billboard.
“Cornell, 52, was in fine form and spirits as the Seattle quartet tore through the two-hour show. Though there’s now a macabre irony in the frontman’s choice to slip a bit of Led Zeppelin’s “In My Time of Dying” into the closing ‘Slaves & Bulldozers,’ Cornell was nothing less than ebullient through the night, in good voice — hitting all the expected screams — and fist-bumping with fans in the pit in front of the stage.”
Cornell’s death stunned the music community and many of its members took to Twitter to express it and remember him.
“Very sad news about Chris Cornell today,” tweeted Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry. “A sad loss of a great talent to the world, his friends and family. Rest In Peace.”
Condolences poured in from Hollywood, too.