Matt Cameron has offered his first public comment on the passing of his bandmate Chris Cornell. The SOUNDGARDEN frontman was found dead on May 18 in his Detroit hotel room. He was 52.
Speaking to Billboard, the drummer said: “I don’t think we’re ready to say anything other than… Kim [Thayil] and Ben [Shepherd] and I are certainly aware of how much our fans are hurting, and we’re certainly hurting right there along with them. But we’re extremely private people, and we’re all still processing our grief in our own way and on our own time. But we definitely are thinking of our fans and love them very much.”
Cornell was pronounced dead after being found unresponsive. SOUNDGARDEN had played a show earlier that evening.
The musician had sedatives and an anxiety drug in his system on the night he died by hanging himself. According to a completed toxicology report released by Michigan’s Wayne County Medical Examiner, the drugs didn’t contribute to the cause of death.
In addition to SOUNDGARDEN, Cornell sang with AUDIOSLAVE and TEMPLE OF THE DOG, while also recording four solo studio albums and one live set on his own.
Cameron‘s new solo album titled “Cavedweller”, was released on September 22. The disc, which was completed before Cornell‘s death, features Matt on vocals and guitar, with drums by Mark Guiliana and bass by Tim Lefebvre, both of whom played on David Bowie‘s “Blackstar”.