Chris Cornell committed suicide as his closing act, according to Detroit police investigating the Soundgarden frontman's death — with the doomed rocker hanging himself by the neck!
In a statement obtained by The National ENQUIRER Thursday, the Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office that "the cause of death has been determined as hanging by suicide. A full autopsy report has not yet been completed. There is no additional information at this time.”
Acting on an urgent call from Cornell's wife of 13 years, Vicky Karayiannis, a friend forced open the door of the musician's room at the MGM Grand Detroit hotel Wednesday night, and he found Cornell on the bathroom floor, unresponsive.
Calling the death "sudden and unexpected," a statement from Cornell spokesperson Brian Bumbery said that the family "will be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause," and asked fans to respect their privacy at this difficult time.
Reports from the concertgoers who saw Cornell and Soundgarden perform Wednesday evening noted nothing foreboding in the show, and Cornell's social media postings prior to the show seemed downright cheerful.
"What I look forward to the most -- because I tour so much, especially the last couple of years, by myself -- is the camaraderie," Cornell wrote in a Facebook post roughly nine hours before his death. "It’s what we missed when we weren’t a band."