Birthplace of grunge mourns 'Seattle's son' Chris Cornell

Late singer Chris Cornell performs in Los Angeles

The death of Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple Of The Dog frontman Chris Cornell has been ruled as suicide by hanging by a medical examiner.

Cornell's representative, Brian Bumbery, says that Cornell's suicide was "sudden and unexpected" and that his wife and family are in shock.

A police spokesman has also reportedly said that Cornell was found by a family friend, and had a band around his neck.

Cornell was pronounced dead in the room.

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page tweeted: "RIP Chris Cornell. Rest in peace, Chris Cornell", the Mariners wrote along with a picture of the singer. Incredibly Talented. Incredibly Young. It was with Soundgarden that Cornell first came to fame in the late 1980s as part of the Seattle grunge scene alongside contemporaries Nirvana and Pearl Jam.

One of the locations where people gathered was the Sound Garden art sculpture at a Seattle park, for which Cornell's band Soundgarden was named.

During the 90's grunge movement, Cornell was at the front of the pack with other 90's rock legends at the time.

Formed in 1984 by Cornell, guitarist Kim Thayil and bassist Hiro Yamamoto, Soundgarden's third studio album, "Badmotorfinger", in 1991 spawned popular singles "Jesus Christ Pose", "Rusty Cage" and "Outshined" that received regular play on alternative rock radio stations. In the early 2000s, Cornell started the group Audioslave, which featured members of Rage Against the Machine.

The band, which had released hit songs and found success, marked a mainstream breakthrough with Superunknown, its 1994 album that won them two Grammys, sold more than five million units in the US, and launched five hits, including 'Black Hole Sun', one of the most popular alternative rock songs from the 1990s.

Cornell had sobered up by the mid-2000s.

Cornell had spoken openly in interviews of his struggles with drugs as a teenager, and later with alcohol. Soundgarden reformed in 2010 and released their sixth and final album, King Animal, in 2012.

Cornell, along with some of the early-90s' pioneering garage rock outfits, had a singular voice in rock and psychedelia.

Cornell left behind a loving wife and three children to mourn a loss that will surely be all over the media for some time - nothing but good vibes and honest condolences being sent their way. Two are with his second wife Karayiannis, a Greek music publicist whom the singer met when she was working in Paris.