Cornell in September 2011
|Born||Christopher John Boyle
July 20, 1964
|Died||May 18, 2017
|Spouse(s)||Susan Silver (m. 1990; div. 2004)
Vicky Karayiannis (m. 2004; his death 2017)
Chris Cornell (born Christopher John Boyle; July 20, 1964 – May 18, 2017) was an American musician, singer, and songwriter. He was best known as lead vocalist for the bands
Cornell, who is considered one of the architects of the 1990s
According to Nielsen Music, across his entire catalog (Soundgarden, Audioslave and solo career), Cornell sold 14,8 million albums, 8,8 million digital songs, 300 million on-demand audio streams in the U.S.   and sold over 30 million records worldwide as of 2017.   
Cornell was found dead from suicide in his Detroit hotel room early on the morning of May 18, 2017, following a Soundgarden concert the night before. He suffered from depression and had
Cornell was born Christopher John Boyle on July 20, 1964,
Cornell was a loner; he was able to deal with his anxiety around other people through rock music.
 During his teenage years, he spiralled into severe depression, dropped out of school, and almost never left the house.
 At the age of 12, he had access to heroin, marijuana and prescription drugs and used them daily by 13, stopped for a year, but relapsed at age 15 for another year until he turned to music.
 Before becoming a successful musician, he worked at a seafood wholesaler and was a
In the early 1980s, Cornell was a member of a cover band called The Shemps, which performed around Seattle.
 The Shemps featured bassist