Medical officials announce Chris Cornell death as a suicide

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      Chris Cornell's death last night has been declared a suicide by hanging by the Wayne County Medical Examiners in Detroit. 

      The 52-year-old Soundgarden frontman was found unresponsive after midnight in his hotel room in the MGM Grand in Detroit. The pioneering grunge band has played a show in the Motor City earlier that evening. 

      Police were called to his hotel room by a family friend who was checking in on the singer.

      In a statement just released this afternoon, Wayne County officials said: "The Medical Examiner has completed the autopsy on 52-year-old Chris Cornell, the Soundgarden musician who died last night in Detroit. 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."

      Anyone in B.C. who is in distress can call 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) for help. There's also a mental-health support line (604-310-6789) and a seniors distress line (604-872-1234). In addition, there is an online chat service for youths from noon to 1 a.m. at Adults can have access to an online chat service over the same hours at