Cornell was best known for fronting Seattle grunge band Soundgarden from 1984 to 1997 and again from 2010 to the present day. The band’s most successful album, 1994’s ‘Superunknown’, charted at Number One in the US and sold nine million copies worldwide, including the songs ‘Black Hole Sun’, ‘Spoonman’, ‘The Day I Tried to Live’ and ‘Fell on Black Days’. He also famously performed the theme for 2006 James Bond film Casino Royale.
Stars from across the music world have paid tribute to Cornell, looking back on his celebrated career.
Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page was one of the first to pay tribute to Cornell.
RIP Chris Cornell
Incredibly Missed. pic.twitter.com/pKNI4tKiXz
— Jimmy Page (@JimmyPage) May 18, 2017
Legendary guitarist Nile Rodgers called Cornell a “great artist”.
— Nile Rodgers (@nilerodgers) May 18, 2017
Sir Elton John described the singer as “the loveliest man”.
— Elton John (@eltonofficial) May 18, 2017
Billy Idol posted his thoughts about the late musician.
Sad 2 hear of Chris Cornell passing..great singer and artist… another blow…RIP
— Billy Idol (@BillyIdol) May 18, 2017
Bond star Daniel Craig posted a tribute.
“Such a loss,” St. Vincent aka Annie Clark tweeted.
Chris Cornell. Damn. Was legit just playing "Outshined" yesterday. Such a loss.
— St. Vincent (@st_vincent) May 18, 2017
Janes Addiction’s Dave Navarro said he was “stunned”.
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
Public Enemy’s Chuck D has sent his prayers.
Rest …Peace pic.twitter.com/YcN7QECCo0
— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) May 18, 2017
Bethany Cosentino aka Beth Coast posted her own tribute.
RIP. So young. So sad ? pic.twitter.com/61JjmdVFDC
— Best Coast (@BestCoast) May 18, 2017
Creed guitarist Mark Tremonti is “devastated” at the loss of Cornell.
RIP Chris Cornell. Chris was the most influential singer to me as a writer. I just saw him perform days ago. Completely devastated
— Mark Tremonti (@MarkTremonti) May 18, 2017
Gene Simmons’ son Nick T. Simmons penned a lengthy letter in tribute to the star. “He was everything I wanted to be, and he showed me kindness and compassion from the first day I met him.”
— Nick T. Simmons (@nicktsimmons) May 18, 2017
Comedian Ed Byrne described the news of Cornell’s death as a “gut punch”.
I hope it's ok with the grief police if I say Chris Cornell's death has come as an unexpected gut punch this morning.
— Ed Byrne (@MrEdByrne) May 18, 2017
London venue Royal Albert Hall, which hosted his debut solo show in 2016, posted the following:
Saddened by the loss of legendary singer Chris Cornell, whose debut solo show here was one of our stand-out nights of 2016. pic.twitter.com/KT7btiiNLe
— Royal Albert Hall (@RoyalAlbertHall) May 18, 2017