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May 19, 2017
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And here we are listening to "Sunshower" like it's 1999 all over again.

Who would've thought Chris Cornell would leave us too soon at 52?

Ah, but there it is, screaming in the headlines.

The late rockers' representative, Brian Bumbery told The Associated Press in a statement that Cornell died Wednesday night in Detroit.

Bumbery called the death "sudden and unexpected," adding Cornell's wife and family were shocked by it.

Who wouldn't?

We mean, only a few hours ago, he was alive and well, ready to rock Detroit with the rest of Soundgarden.

Videos of the concert posted by fans didn't show anything unusual. If anything, Chris was actually giving his audiences everything he got, rocking it out like he was just starting his career.

Well, he kind of actually was or at least restarting it.

Back in Soundgarden, the same band that catapulted him to fame in the '90s, he was actually quite excited creating new music with his old mates.

He told Billboard last month, "We’re about halfway through writing the new album. We’re not on a schedule.What I look forward to the most—because I tour so much, especially the last couple of years, by myself—is the camaraderie. It’s what we missed when we weren’t a band. When I do solo tours, I’m really kind of alone all the time, so that’s the best thing about it."

He has also released a new solo single "The Promise," written for the upcoming Christian Bale film of the same name about the Armenian genocide, proceeds of which he meant to donate to the International Rescue Committee, an organization dedicated to humanitarian aid and relief, helping to restore the community and lives of those affected by both conflict and disaster.

Now, we can only guess what other exciting things he could have conjured.

As of this writing, there is no official cause yet released to the public.

According to Bumbery, Cornell's family would be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the matter.

Cornell maintained he has won his battle against his addictions years ago.

He shared, "It was a long period of coming to the realization that this way (sober) is better. Going through rehab, honestly, did help...it got me away from just the daily drudgery of depression and either trying to not drink or do drugs or doing them and you know, they give you such a simple message that any idiot can get and it's just over and over, but the bottom line is really, and this is the part that is scary for everyone, the individual kinda has to want it...not kinda, you have to want it and to not do that crap anymore or you will never stop and it will just kill you."

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But here we are, listening to "Sunshower" like it's 1999 again.

And so, in parting, we sing:

When you're caught in pain
And you feel the rain come down
It's all right
When you find you way
Then you see it disappear
It's all right

Though your garden's gray, I know all your graces someday will flower in a sweet sunshower..."

So long, Cornell. You will be missed. Rock on.

 

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