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Chris Cornell Dead: Relive Six of His Most Iconic Music Moments

Music lost a legend on Wednesday, May 17, when rocker Chris Cornell died at the age of 52. His death was ruled a suicide. The musician, who fronted bands such as Soundgarden and Audioslave over nearly three decades, is credited with shaping the grunge rock movement of the early 1990s. Us Weekly Video looks back at some of Cornell’s greatest moments in music in the video above.

When Cornell formed the band Temple of the Dog in 1990, the group featured a collection of scrappy Seattle musicians, including future Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder. Their first single, “Hunger Strike,” features the two rockers in impeccable vocal form. The song hit No. 7 on Billboard‘s Alternative Songs chart.

Chris Cornell performs at the Fillmore in Miami Beach in 2012.Chris Cornell performs at the Fillmore in Miami Beach in 2012. INSTARimages.comMost Shocking Celebrity Deaths of All Time

Cornell was already four albums deep with his band when they released “Spoonman” in 1994. Considered one of Cornell’s most iconic songs, it was Soundgarden’s first single to chart on Billboard and won the Grammy for Best Metal Performance in 1995. A tribute to Seattle street musician Artis the Spoonman, the Cornell-penned track featured Artis on the record, adding his own percussive beats.

As previously reported, Cornell was found dead in his Detroit hotel room after performing a sold-out concert at the Fox Theatre with Soundgarden. In a statement to Us Weekly, the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed that “the cause of death has been determined as suicide by hanging.”

In April, Cornell visited CBS This Morning and appeared to be in high spirits, and even teased a new Soundgarden album. “It’s exactly in the works,” Cornell said. “One of the things we did when we got back together was decide to never put a clock on what we do. Which I think has been really helpful in it always being a positive experience.”

In that CBS Sunday Morning appearance, Cornell performed an acoustic version of “Black Hole Sun,” Soundgarden’s chilling 1994 anthem. It would end up being one of his final appearances on network TV.

Watch that haunting performance, as well as Cornell’s other iconic music moments, in the video above.


Sarah Michelle Gellar Shares Sweet Birthday Tribute to ‘Most Loyal Friend’ Shannen Doherty

Through thick and thin. Sarah Michelle Gellar shared the sweetest birthday tribute to her “most loyal friend,” Shannen Doherty, in a post to Instagram on Wednesday, April 12.

“Where do I even start with this birthday girl?!?” the former Buffy star, 39, captioned a throwback image of the pair laughing at something off-camera. “She’s everything. She’s inspired me … well since … even before I called her a friend. But over the last year, I have watched her inspire and give hope to the world. I thought I knew how tough she was, but I didn’t even have a clue to her power.”

Doherty, who turned 46 on Wednesday, first went public with her cancer battle in August 2015, when it was revealed in court documents that she had undergone a mastectomy and chemotherapy to treat invasive breast cancer. Since then, the former Beverly Hills, 90210, star has been documenting her journey.

“When I think twice about leaving the house without makeup, Shannen shaved her head on the public stage,” Gellar continued in her caption. “When I fiercely guard my privacy, she opened her life, her struggles, her fears and her journey to help people she has never even met. She is a true friend to everyone. Shannen also has the greatest laugh in the world, which is why I chose this picture. To the fiercest, most loyal friend I know … let’s party like it’s your birthday!!! I love you.”

Gellar has been a constant support system throughout Doherty’s battle with breast cancer. Earlier this month, Gellar told Entertainment Tonight that she couldn’t be prouder of how Doherty has fought the disease in such a public way.

Sarah Michelle Gellar and Shannen Doherty arrive at American Cancer Society's Giants of Science Los Angeles Gala on November 5, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.Sarah Michelle Gellar and Shannen Doherty arrive at American Cancer Society’s Giants of Science Los Angeles Gala on November 5, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. Vivien Killilea/WireImage

“Shannen’s incredible,” the Stirring Up Fun With Food cookbook author told ET. “What she’s done for other women going through it is … so brave, and that’s what real bravery is, is to go through the hardest part of your life and show people, it’s OK to be scared. And it’s OK to be vulnerable, and you can do it.”

Doherty completed her chemotherapy treatment in February, and told Us at the Animal Hope & Wellness Foundation’s first Gratitude Gala in Los Angeles that she’s optimistic about the future.

“I feel great. I mean, I feel good, I’m super-positive, I’m happy with where I’m at right now,” she told Us. “Cancer, for me, as hard as it is, has been a blessing. It has changed who I am as a human being forever. It’s altered my life in ways I can’t even speak of.”

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