Police Reveal If They Have Investigated Possibility That Chris Cornell Was Murdered

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A new Detroit News story sheds new lights on the investigation of Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell’s death, and how police did initially look into the possibility of a homicide, but were quickly able to rule out that possibility before officially ruling it a suicide.

When Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell was found on the bathroom floor of his suite in the MGM Grand Detroit, investigators didn’t immediately rule out homicide as a possibility, according to a Detroit Police source with knowledge of the investigation.

Evidence found at the scene early Thursday, including the way Cornell’s body was positioned, and the red rubber exercise band secured tightly around his neck, suggested he had committed suicide, the source said.

The story also states:

To rule out the possibility that someone else had killed Cornell, 52, detectives pored through the hotel’s surveillance video, which was trained on the corridor outside his 11th floor room. They found nobody had entered or exited the suite after his bodyguard left around 11:35 p.m. Wednesday night, according to the source.

The last person to see a victim alive is generally considered a person of interest in a potential homicide case, but because Cornell’s door was locked from the inside, investigators concluded the bodyguard, Martin Kirsten, could not have killed him and gotten out of the room, which had no other exits, the source said.