In Memoriam 2017: People We Lost This Year

We bid farewell to visionaries, iconoclasts and trailblazers – including Tom Petty, Chuck Berry and Chris Cornell – in music, film, TV and beyond

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Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell, the dynamic vocalist, guitarist and songwriter whose versatile showmanship as Soundgarden and Temple of the Dog's frontman helped define the grunge era, hung himself in his hotel room at the MGM Grand Detroit on May 17th. He was 52.

"People say, 'What was it about Chris Cornell's voice that was so amazing?' And it was that it didn't have any element of trying to show off or trying to impress or trying to keep up with any particular trends," his friend and fellow Seattle-born artist Ann Wilson told Rolling Stone. "He was a brilliant storyteller. And he played it real all the time."

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