He was 52 years old

Chris Cornell, who gained fame as the lead singer of Soundgarden and later Audioslave, has died aged 52.

Kim Buckley has this report:

The singer tweeted just hours before this death from Detroit.

In a statement to the Associated Press, his representative, Brian Bumbery, said Cornell died on Wednesday night in Detroit.

The statement says his death was 'sudden and unexpected' and wife and family were shocked. 

According to the statement, said the family would be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause and have asked for privacy.

Cornell had recently released a solo single for the movie The Promise starring Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac, which just came out in April.

Chris was also known for performing the James Bond theme song You Know My Name from the 2006 film Casino Royale.

People have been flooding twitter with tributes since the news of Chris' death was announced.