This is awfully sad, and he was five years younger than me. 53 is young these days. The average life-span for people who take care of themselves is 81.
From my city newspaper via another media outlet:
A plaque marking Chris Cornell's gravesite appears, covered in guitar picks and flowers, following the late singer's funeral at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Friday, May 26, 2017, in Los Angeles - Chris Pizzello,The Associated Press
Chris Cornell of the band Soundgarden performs during the launch of the video game, "Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock," in Los Angeles, Sept. 27, 2010. - Chris Pizzello,The Associated Press
Chris Cornell and his wife, Vicky Karayiannis - Katy Winn,The Associated Press
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'DETROIT — After nearly two months of incomplete details, investigative documents from Detroit police help flesh out the final hours of singer Chris Cornell's life.
The reports, obtained Tuesday by the Free Press, paint a late-night scene of a frantic wife hundreds of miles away, a dogged bodyguard and a crew of emergency personnel futilely trying to rescue the Soundgarden singer, who was discovered unresponsive on a bathroom floor with a band around his neck.
The new documents offer few new revelations about that night in May, when Cornell, 52, was pronounced dead in his suite at the MGM Grand Detroit. But they do offer the most complete official account to date, with documents including a 911 call, scene photographs, investigators' reports and a statement from Cornell's bodyguard.
According to the records, obtained under a Freedom of Information Act request, a call from Cornell's wife prompted bodyguard Martin Kirsten to go to the Soundgarden singer's suite — Room 1136 — to check on him "because he did not sound like he was OK."
Unable to access the locked room, Kirsten kicked open the main door, then did the same with the interior bedroom door.
"I went inside and the bathroom door was partially opened, and I could see his feet," Kirsten told police in a signed statement.
The bodyguard loosened the band around Cornell's neck, then tried to resuscitate the singer by compressing his chest, Kirsten said in his statement.
Additional medical personnel were summoned, and Cornell was pronounced dead at about 1:30 a.m., an hour and 15 minutes after Kirsten was first contacted by Cornell's wife, Vicky Cornell.
Police determined the death to be a suicide, a department spokesperson said. That matches the ruling made public by the Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office the day of Cornell's death.
The documents released Tuesday chronicle a several-week investigation into the events of May 18, which followed Soundgarden's performance at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. The death of Cornell, one of the signature voices in modern rock, garnered international attention.'
Why? There is help out there. There may be long line-ups, but both our countries need to revise the health care system and the sooner the better.