Chris Cornell‘s fans woke up to terrible news on Thursday morning: The rock star died at just 52.
The singer, best known for fronting rock bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, was found dead in his hotel room after performing a sold-out show in Detroit Wednesday night.
“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,” Cornell’s representative said in a statement. “They would like to thank his fans for their continuous love and loyalty and ask that their privacy be respected at this time.”
A mix of stars from both music and Hollywood took to social media to pay tribute to the man who rocked the country with hits including “Black Hole Sun” and “Show Me How to Live.” Take a look at the reaction below:
RIP Chris Cornell
Incredibly Missed. pic.twitter.com/pKNI4tKiXz
— Jimmy Page (@JimmyPage) May 18, 2017
this song saved my life in 2009https://t.co/pIaPCJbmeG
— christina perri (@christinaperri)
— Elton John (@eltonofficial) May 18, 2017
Aww man. RIP @chriscornell 😔
— Jaimie Alexander (@JaimieAlexander) May 18, 2017
I’m so shocked to wake up and hear about the sudden passing of Chris Cornell. A quintessential voice of a generation. Praying for his family
— Carson Daly (@CarsonDaly) May 18, 2017
Sad 2 hear of Chris Cornell passing..great singer and artist… another blow…RIP
— Billy Idol (@BillyIdol) May 18, 2017
SO SO stunned to hear about Chris Cornell! Such a terrible and sad loss! Thinking of his family tonight! RIP
— Dave Navarro (@DaveNavarro) May 18, 2017
— Road Man (@roadmanmusic) May 18, 2017
— Jeffrey Dean Morgan (@JDMorgan) May 18, 2017
RIP @chriscornell Thanks for all the nights I stayed up learning guitar and power chords to your music. -rr
— Randy Rogers Band (@rrbchoir) May 18, 2017
A shining voice in music has left us in the midnight. He was a complex and gentle soul #ChrisCornell has flown into the black hole sun.
— Perry Farrell (@perryfarrell) May 18, 2017
R.I.P Chris Cornell
Thanks for the memories man
— Bray Wyatt (@WWEBrayWyatt) May 18, 2017
Extremely shocking to hear of Chris Cornell’s passing. He was one of the greatest rock singers to ever picked up a microphone.
— JOE BONAMASSA (@JBONAMASSA) May 18, 2017
— Danielle Muscato (@DanielleMuscato) May 18, 2017
Just heard about @chriscornell – Devastating. He was a big influence for me & by all accounts a great guy. ❤️to his friends and family.
— Rob Benedict (@RobBenedict) May 18, 2017
Chris Cornell?!?! Ugh, sad day.
— Tom Payne (@justanactor) May 18, 2017
Painful, painful news. We’ll miss you, buddy. So talented. #chriscornell
— Urge Overkill (@UrgeOverkill) May 18, 2017
we lost Chris Cornell. i dont think im gonna be able to even fake a smile during interviews today. Waking up to that news crushed me.
— Young Gunner (@machinegunkelly) May 18, 2017
So sad to hear about Chris cornell
— Steve Garrigan (@SteveKodaline) May 18, 2017