SOUNDGARDEN singer Chris Cornell died Wednesday night, his representative has confirmed.

The representative, Brian Bumbery, called Cornell‘s passing “sudden and unexpected.” He added in a statement: “His wife Vicky and family were shocked to learn of his sudden and unexpected passing, and they will be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause. They would like to thank his fans for their continuous love and loyalty and ask that their privacy be respected at this time.”

The 52-year-old musician was in Detroit where he performed with SOUNDGARDEN at the Fox Theatre.

SOUNDGARDEN has been working on its seventh studio album since 2015, but the band took breaks while Cornell toured his “Higher Truth” solo set and drummer Matt Cameron hit the road with PEARL JAM.

SOUNDGARDEN reunited in 2010 after a 13-year hiatus, first touring and then writing and recording “King Animal”, its first new studio album in 16 years.

The band kicked off a North American tour on May 3 in Atlanta, and was scheduled to wrap up the trek on May 27 at the Rocklahoma festival in Pryor, Oklahoma.

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— Fox Theatre Detroit (@FoxTheatreDet) May 18, 2017

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

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

Shocking news. My thoughts are with his family and friends. Going to crank Badmotorfinger. @… https://t.co/vyzvOsgTHL

— Scott Ian (@Scott_Ian) May 18, 2017

Tears in my eyes that this is your last ever tweet. We played here with u guys in 1992 ?thanks for your pipes @chriscornell u will b missed https://t.co/Xgbann0hd4

— Sebastian Bach (@sebastianbach) May 18, 2017

#scary. I remember @chriscornell on tour with us so long ago. Remember drinking beer after the Melvins. Always thought we’d meet again RIP

— Sebastian Bach (@sebastianbach) May 18, 2017

Shocked and saddened to hear @chriscornell has left us!! Saw him with Soundgarden at NYU their first time in NYC !! RIP #chriscornell

— Billy Biohazard (@billybiohazard) May 18, 2017

#RIP to one of my biggest influences, Chris Cornell… one of the greatest voices and writers of all time!

— Danny Worsnop (@dannyworsnop) May 18, 2017

One of the greatest voices in rock… ?https://t.co/moHpQke22t

— Anneke v Giersbergen (@AnnekeAnnique) May 18, 2017

just heard about the passing of Chris Cornell, I’m deeply saddened by this. My ♥️ to his family and band #RIPChrisCornell say hello 2 heaven

— Charlie Benante (@skisum) May 18, 2017

Rest in peace @chriscornell!!
Really sad..you were one of my big influences,#singing & #songwriting wise.. ???

— Arnel Pineda (@arnelpineda) May 18, 2017

So very very sad that we lost another beautifully gifted human today .. RIP brother #chriscornell?? pic.twitter.com/5MGCq0iEok

— Glenn Hughes (@glenn_hughes) May 18, 2017

R.I.P. Chris Cornell gone way to young

— Dino Cazares (@DinoCazares) May 18, 2017

So saddened to hear this news.. my thoughts & prayers go out to his family and… https://t.co/WJFNvhu1hf

— FrankBello (@TheFrankBello) May 18, 2017

Saw #ChrisCornellRIP on a friend’s page, thought it must be a hoax, sadly it’s not. Never met but admired him as 1 of our great voices. RIP https://t.co/SwrMRbo281

— Alex Skolnick (@AlexSkolnick) May 18, 2017

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