Representative Brian Bumbery told the AP in a statement that Cornell’s “sudden and unexpected” death happened late Wednesday in Detroit, where he had performed that evening. He was found dead in his hotel room at the MGM Grand after Cornell’s wife asked a friend to check on him, WDIV reported.
Detroit TV stations WDIV and WJBK reported, citing unnamed sources, that Cornell’s death is a suspected suicide.
Cornell’s family was shocked to learn of his death and plans to work with officials to determine the cause.
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