Chris Cornell's death ruled as a suicide

Music 19/05/2017

Chris Cornell died via suicide, a medical examiner has confirmed.

Previous reports said the 52-year-old Soundgarden singer was found unresponsive in his hotel bathroom by a friend on Thursday night (NZ time), who had to force open the door.

"At 12am we received a 911 call from the MGM Grand Casino Hotel," Detroit police director of media relations told entertainment magazine Variety.

"It appears as though a family friend was checking up on Cornell at his wife's request. He went to hotel and discovered him unresponsive on the bathroom floor. Police made the location with EMS, and he was pronounced dead at the scene."

Cornell battled drug and alcohol addiction earlier in his career, but was reportedly in good spirits at the band's show earlier that night.

If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs immediate help, call Lifeline on 0800 543 354 or the Suicide Prevention Helpline on 0508 828 865.

"Chris Cornell passed away late Wednesday night in Detroit," a rep for the singer said in a statement.

"His 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."