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'A sad loss of a great talent to the world' - Tributes paid to Chris Cornell

Those to pay tribute to the singer included Billy Idol, Elton John and Alice Cooper.

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TRIBUTES HAVE BEEN pouring in from some of the biggest names in rock and roll for Chris Cornell, who died suddenly at the age of 52.

The singer’s representative Brian Bumberry said in a statement to AP his death was ‘sudden and unexpected’ on Wednesday night following a performance at the Fox Theatre in Detroit.

“His wife Vicky and family were shocked to learn of his sudden and unexpected passing,” the statement said.

“They would like to thank his fans for their continuous love and loyalty and ask that their privacy be respected at this time.”

Cornell was a lead singer and songwriter for Soundgarden and Audioslave.

Those to pay tribute to the singer included Billy Idol, Elton John and Alice Cooper.

“Shocked and saddened by the sudden death of Chris Cornell. A great singer, songwriter and the loveliest man,” Elton wrote on Instagram.

Billy Idol said: “Sad to hear of Chris Cornell passing. Great singer and artist. Another blow. RIP.”

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page tweeted: “RIP Chris Cornell. Incredibly talented. Incredibly young. Incredibly missed.”

Cornell rose to fame in the 1990s with the rock band Soundgarden. He later went on to form Audioslave in 2001 with members of Rage Against the Machine.

He received a Golden Globe nomination for the theme song to James Bond film Casino Royale in 2006, which he wrote and performed.

Jane’s Addiction’s Dave Navarro said he was “so so stunned” to hear of Cornell’s death, saying it was “such a terrible and sad loss”.

Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry said: “Very sad news about Chris Cornell today. A sad loss of a great talent to the world, this friends and family. Rest in peace.”

Soundgarden planned to headline Pointfest in St Louis in the US on Saturday, however organisers have called off the event in respect of Cornell’s passing.

Read: Autopsy of singer Chris Cornell determines death by suicide

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