black rockers mourn the death of soundgarden’s chris cornell

May 18, 2017

Sad day for the music world as we woke to news of Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell’s death.

Since learning of Cornell’s passing, Black musicians and bands around the world have issued statements of condolences. The Black Rock Coalition highlighted Cornell’s advocacy for black musicians like Living Colour, Sophia Ramos, Tom Morello, Weapon of Choice and Fantastic Negrito.

Legendary producer/musician/composer Nile Rodgers posted tributes to Cornell throughout social media, sending condolences to the late-singer’s family, and referring to Cornell as his “special brother”. Skunk Anansie also took to Facebook to honor Cornell’s life, stating: “RIP Chris Cornell, we truly loved Soundgarden, you had one of the best rock voices of all time, sending peaceful vibes to his family and his band Bros.” Skunk Anansie’s SKIN cited Cornell as a major inspiration for her. Fantastic Negrito, who toured with Cornell last year, posted a heartfelt message to his friend on Facebook, as did Tamar-kali.

Updated: is now reporting that Cornell’s death has been ruled a suicide.

Via Facebook

(l to r: Chris Cornell via AP Photo/Jeff Christensen, Skunk Anansie via Skunk Anansie, Nile Rodgers via Instagram