Shortly after, the world found out that Chris Cornell joined the ultimate grunge band in the sky with Kurt Cobain, Scott Weiland and Layne Staley, the medical examiner ruled his death a suicide and said that he hung himself. Chris’ wife Vicky Karayiannis and his family don’t believe that he wanted to end his life and are waiting to see what the toxicology results show.
If you woke up to the news that Chris Cornell died last night, then you probably also woke up to the feeling of your teenage heart shriveling up and turning to dust. Your teenage self who spent many a night painting your nails black as Chris’ powerful voice hit you hard just broke in two. Chris Cornell, the frontman of Soundgarden and Audioslave, was found dead in his hotel room in Detroit last night. The police believe he committed suicide. He was 52. (Update: The Associated Press says that the Medical Examiner determined that Chris Cornell committed suicide by hanging himself.)
WDIV says that earlier in the night, Chris performed at a sold out show with Soundgarden at the Fox Theater. He (or someone from his team) tweeted about the show just hours before he died. Chris’ wife, Vicky Karayiannis, reportedly called a family friend and asked them to check up on him at his hotel. The friend had to force his hotel room door open and apparently found Chris on the bathroom floor.
Chris Cornell was born in the epicenter of grunge, Seattle, Washington, and in the early-1980s, he formed a cover band called The Shemps with his friend Hiro Yamamoto, and later Kim Thayil joined after Hiro left. Once The Shemps broke up, Chris, Hiro and Kim gave birth to Soundgarden and the band helped to define the sound that is now known as grunge. Soundgarden was the first grunge band to sign with a major record label and they went on to sell millions of records and win two Grammys, including one for Black Hole Sun, the song that to many is the theme song of the mid-90s.
Soundgarden broke up in 1997 and afterward, Chris went solo and released the album Euphoria Morning in 1999. A couple of years later, Chris got together with former members of Rage Against the Machine and created the band Audioslave. Chris was dealing with booze and drug problems at the time and went to rehab. Audioslave made three albums before breaking up in 2007. They reunited this year when they performed at the Anti-Inaugural Ball in DC.
After Audioslave broke up, Chris went back to doing solo stuff before Soundgarden reunited in 2010. They released their reunion album King Animal in 2012 and were working on another one.
Chris had three children, 16-year-old Lillian, 12-year-old Toni and 11-year-old Christopher.
If you really want to get punched in the soul, you can click here to watch Soundgarden do Black Hole Sun in Detroit last night, but below is the video.
Rest in peace, Chris Cornell.
Indie Wire says that filmmaker Jonathan Demme, who won an Oscar for directing Silence of the Lambs, died this morning in New York. This sad news gets the Fuck Cancer tag, because Jonathan Demme reportedly died of esophagus cancer and complications from heart disease. He was 73.
Jonathan Demme’s 45+ year career started in the world of B-movie exploitation films when he worked for Roger Corman. Jonathan made his directorial debut with the 1974 women-in-prison classic Caged Heat. Many would’ve retired after that, because there’s no topping Caged Heat. But he went on to direct Melvin and Howard, Swing Shift, Something Wild, and the Talking Heads concert movie Stop Making Sense. If Jonathan Demme stopped right there, he still would’ve had an impressive resume, but he went to a new levels of success in the late 1980s.
He directed 1988’s Married to the Mob (aka the movie that gave us the fourth greatest Michelle Pfeiffer performance after Grease 2, Scarface and Batman Returns), and he followed that up with Silence of the Lambs, and he followed that up with Philadelphia, and he followed that up with Beloved. In the aughts, he did Rachel Getting Married and two Neil Young concert documentaries. The last scripted movie he directed was Ricki and the Flash and the last concert movie he did was Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids.
One of his last works was directing an episode of Fox’s Shots Fired. That episode airs tonight and Fox plans to pay tribute to him. Oh, and another important fact I learned while reading his Wikipedia page: he dated Belinda Carlisle for a second in the 80s after working with her on Swing Shift.
He’s survived by his wife Joanne Howard and their three children.
Rest in peace, Jonathan Demme.
On Saturday, Erin Moran, traveled up to the afterworld and slid into a booth next to Tom Bosley in the great big Arnold’s drive-in in the sky. Erin was found dead at her home in New Salisbury, Indiana. The Harrison County Coroner’s Officer released a statement today saying that Erin had stage 4 cancer. Erin was reportedly being treated at home and was fed through a GI tube. They still have to wait for toxicology results, but they believe she died from complications of cancer.
TMZ dropped the sad and shitty news today that Erin Moran, known to most as Joanie from Happy Days and Joanie Loves That Shit Head She’s Too Good For, died today. She was only 56.
Around 4pm EST, EMTs responded to a call about an “unresponsive female” at a home in Corydon, Indiana. When they got there, they found that Erin had already died. Erin’s cause of death isn’t known right now. An autopsy will most likely be done.
Erin started out as a child actor and guest starred on a few TV shows before she got cast in the star-making role of Joanie Cunningham on Happy Days at 13 years old. Happy Days ran from 1974 to 1984 and Erin was a regular during most of its run. In 1982, Erin went off to do Joanie Loves Chachi and when it got canceled after two seasons, she went back to Happy Days as a regular for its last season. Erin continued to act a little here and there after Happy Days ended.
Erin had been going through it for many years. Erin was dealing with a booze addiction and when she and her husband Steve Fleischmann were evicted from their home in California, they ended up moving to Indiana.
In 2008, Erin did Celebrity Fit Club and she instantly became one of my favorite contestants when she kept it one hundred percent real by saying that she only did the show for the money.
The Fonz and Erin’s TV brother shared nice words about Erin on Twitter.
OH Erin… now you will finally have the peace you wanted so badly here on earth …Rest In It serenely now.. too soon
— Henry Winkler (@hwinkler4real) April 23, 2017
Such sad sad news. RIP Erin. I'll always choose to remember you on our show making scenes better, getting laughs and lighting up tv screens. https://t.co/8HmdL0JKlf
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) April 23, 2017
Rest in peace, Joanie.
These shitty things really do come in threes. A publicist has confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter the sad news that Charlie Murphy, Eddie Murphy’s older brother and arguably the funnier Murphy, died yesterday after fighting against leukemia. He was only 57.
Charlie wasn’t as famous as his younger brother, but he did gain a cult following in his later years, if people can have a cult following. Charlie had a few roles in TV and film in the late 80s and early 90s and he was pretty much still known as Eddie Murphy’s brother/bodyguard or the guy who wrote Vampire in Brooklyn. It wasn’t until the early 2000s when he became famous for being himself while performing on Chappelle’s Show. Specifically, after writing and starring in a series of sketches called Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories. Charlie talked about his encounters with Rick James and his legendary “shirts vs. blouses” basketball game with Prince. We have Charlie Murphy to thank for “I’m Rick James, bitch!”
After Chappelle’s Show ended, he appeared in a bunch of movies and TV shows, and had a pretty strong voice-over career. Most recently he showed up in a few episodes of Power. He leaves behind three children. He was married to Tisha Murphy from 1997 until her death from cancer in 2009. This was Charlie’s last tweet:
One to Sleep On: Release the past to rest as deeply as possible.
— Charlie Murphy (@charliemurphy) April 12, 2017
Let’s end with Charlie telling the story about Prince kicking his ass on the court. I’d like to believe that Prince greeted Charlie at the gates of Heaven with a basketball in one hand and pancakes in the other.