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Tributes as Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell dies aged 52

Tributes have been paid to Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell who has died at the age of 52.

In a statement to the Associated Press, his representative Brian Bumbery said Cornell died on Wednesday night in Detroit. He had been performing a concert with Soundgarden in the city hours beforehand.

Mr Bumbery called the death "sudden and unexpected" and said his wife and family were shocked.

The statement said the family would be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause and asked for privacy.

Cornell gained fame as the lead singer for Seattle-based band Soundgarden. They released six studio albums after forming in 1984.

In 2001, the singer joined the band Audioslave with Rage Against The Machine members Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk. The group went their separate ways in 2007.

Cornell also released four albums as a solo artist, the most recent being 2015's Higher Truth.

His 2006 song You Know My Name for the James Bond film Casino Royale was his biggest hit in the UK.

Cornell performed in Northern Ireland a number of times over the years - his last appearance was in 2016 at the Ulster Hall.

Tributes have been paid to Cornell on social media following news of his death.

Singer Elton John wrote: "Shocked and saddened by the sudden death of (Chris Cornell). A great singer, songwriter and the loveliest man," while Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page said: "RIP Chris Cornell, Incredibly Talented, Incredibly Young, Incredibly Missed."

Singer Billy Idol, Jane's Addiction's Dave Navarro, and Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry also tweeted their shock and sadness at his death.

The singer tweeted just last night that he was in Detroit for a Soundgarden gig at Fox Theatre.

Cornell is survived by his wife Vicky and their two children, Toni and Christopher Nicholas.

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