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Soundgarden frontman’s death leads to Pointfest cancellation

In this Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010, file photo, musician Chris Cornell of Soundgarden performs during the Lollapalooza music festival in Grant Park in Chicago. According to his representative, rocker Chris Cornell, who gained fame as the lead singer of Soundgarden and later Audioslave, has died Wednesday night in Detroit at age 52.
In this Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010, file photo, musician Chris Cornell of Soundgarden performs during the Lollapalooza music festival in Grant Park in Chicago. According to his representative, rocker Chris Cornell, who gained fame as the lead singer of Soundgarden and later Audioslave, has died Wednesday night in Detroit at age 52. AP

Pointfest, the annual music festival scheduled for Saturday at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Maryland Heights, Mo., has been canceled.

Festival organizers announced the cancellation late Thursday morning, citing the sudden death of Soundgarden lead singer Chris Cornell. Soundgarden was set to headline the lineup.

Tickets purchased online at LiveNation.com or through Ticketmaster will be automatically refunded, according to 105.7 The Point radio station. Tickets purchased at the box office need to be returned to Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre to be refunded.

Saturday’s lineup also included Stone Sour, Pierce the Veil, Greek Fire, J Roddy Walston & the Business, Biffy Clyro, Dillinger Escape Plan, The Hush List and Monster Eats Manhattan.

Cornell was the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of Soundgarden, formed in 1984. Rising in the early 90s with fellow grunge bands Peal Jam, Nirvana and Alice in Chains, Soundgarden’s popular hits included “Black Hole Sun” and “Spoonman.”

The band broke up in 1997, with Cornell starting a solo career that included a Grammy nomination for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance in 2000. He went on to form Audioslave in 2001 with Rage Against the Machine members Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk.

Soundgarden reunited in 2010 and last performed Wednesday night in Detroit.

The Wayne County (Mich.) Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Cornell’s death a suicide by hanging.

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