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Soundgarden drummer offers first public comment on death of Chris Cornell

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Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron has offered his first public comment on the passing of his bandmate, Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell, who was found dead on May 18th in his Detroit hotel room of an apparent suicide.

The drummer told Billboard, "I don't think we're ready to say anything other than . . . Kim (Thayil, guitar) and Ben (Shepherd, bass) 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."

The 52-year-old Cornell was pronounced dead after being found unresponsive in his room. 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.

The other members of Soundgarden have not made any public statements on Cornell's passing.

Cameron's new solo album, titled Cavedweller, was released on September 22nd. The disc, which was completed before Cornell's death, features Cameron on vocals and guitar, with drums by Mark Guiliana and bass by Tim Lefebvre, both of whom played on the late David Bowie's final album, Blackstar.

Cameron also plays drums in Pearl Jam and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year with the group.

Check it out: Soundgarden in concert on May 21, 2013 at The Pageant

Soundgarden - May 21, 2013

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Soundgarden live at The Pageant on May 21, 2013
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