Grunge music pioneer Chris Cornell died Wednesday (May 17) at age 52 from a reported suicide by hanging.
Chris, who was the frontman for Soundgarden and Audioslave, was an inspiration to artists from all genres of musics, including country stars like Zac Brown and Jason Aldean, whom Chris collaborated with over the course of his career.
Many country stars remembered Chris on social media today, including Zac Brown, Jason Aldean, Billy Ray Cyrus, Jason Isbell, Charles Kelley and more.
Chris Cornell touched so many & we were fortunate to have worked w/ him. He was a true talent & gentleman. Our thoughts are with his family.
— Zac Brown Band (@zacbrownband) May 18, 2017
Chris Cornell? Doesn’t even seem possible. What an incredible talent. Me and teenage me are both heartbroken.
— Jason Isbell (@JasonIsbell) May 18, 2017
Rest in peace @ChrisCornell. You are a true legend. The voice of a generation. Your music will live on forever. pic.twitter.com/w9FatB3VMZ
— Billy Ray Cyrus (@billyraycyrus) May 18, 2017
Sad to hear about the passing of Chris Cornell this morning. He was a class act and a true rockstar. #rip @chriscornell pic.twitter.com/RxxcuEVA1P
— Jason Aldean (@Jason_Aldean) May 18, 2017
Damn it man. Another hard loss. RIP @chriscornell Gonna be a tough one. #stayhealthyeddy #tooyoungtogo
— Cody Canada and The (@departed_music) May 18, 2017
Wow. Chris Cornell… #RIP https://t.co/2PDz6ytUv4
— Lindsay Ell (@lindsayell) May 18, 2017
Chris Cornell……soundtrack to my adolescent rebellious teenage years. RIP.
— Chris Janson (@janson_chris) May 18, 2017
Sad to hear about the tragic loss of @chriscornell. So incredibly devastating to rock music that his voice has been silenced.
— Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) May 18, 2017
Goodbye Chris Cornell. RIP.
— Kristian Bush (@kristianbush) May 18, 2017
Watch Zac Brown Band and Chris Cornell sing “Heavy Is the Head” on Saturday Night Live.