Lauded rocker Chris Cornell killed himself by hanging

FILE - In this July 29, 2015 file photo, Chris Cornell plays guitar during a portrait session at The Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills, C

FILE - In this May 19, 2013 file photo, Chris Cornell of Soundgarden performs at Rock on the Range in Columbus, Ohio. Cornell, 52, who

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2013 file photo, Chris Cornell of Soundgarden performs during the band's concert at the Wiltern in Los Angeles.

FILE - In this March 25, 2017 file photo, Chris Cornell arrive at Elton John's 70th Birthday and 50-Year Songwriting Partnership with B

FILE - In this Aug. 18, 2013 file photo, Chris Cornell attends the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Los Angeles. Cornel

The MGM Grand Detroit hotel is shown in Detroit, Thursday, May 18, 2017. Rocker Chris Cornell, who gained fame as the lead singer of th

DETROIT (AP) — Chris Cornell, one of the most lauded and respected contemporary lead singers in rock music with his bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, hanged himself Wednesday in a Detroit hotel room, according to the city's medical examiner. He was 52.

The Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office said Thursday it completed the preliminary autopsy on Cornell, but that "a full autopsy report has not yet been completed." Police told two Detroit newspapers that the singer was found with a band around his neck.

Cornell's death stunned his family and his die-hard fans, who Cornell just performed for hours earlier at a show in Detroit. He was found dead at the MGM Grand Detroit hotel by a family friend.

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Fekadu reported from New York. AP Entertainment Writer Nekesa Mumbi Moody and Associated Press writers Dennis Waszak in New York and David Runk in Detroit contributed to this report.