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Chris Cornell's Funeral To Be Held Friday In Los Angeles

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Chris Cornell performing at the Prophets of Rage and Friends' Anti Inaugural Ball at the Teragram Ballroom on January 20, 2017 in Los Angeles (Getty Images)
Audioslave and Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell will be buried during a private service in Los Angeles on Friday.

Cornell's attorney Kirk Pasich told the Associated Press that the service will be held at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Cornell's body was transported to Los Angeles on Sunday.

The 52-year-old singer died late last Wednesday night in Detroit. Cornell was in the midst of a tour with Soundgarden at the time of his death and had performed at Detroit's Fox Theatre earlier on Wednesday night.
The Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office ruled his death as a suicide by hanging, however his wife Vicky Cornell has said that she did not believe her husband "intentionally" committed suicide.

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"Chris, a recovering addict, had a prescription for Ativan and may have taken more Ativan than recommended dosages," Pasich said in a statement. "The family believes that if Chris took his life, he did not know what he was doing, and that drugs or other substances may have affected his actions."

There are plans for a public memorial to be held sometime in the future. Pasich told Variety that details will be announced "when that’s been decided." Vicky Cornell also issued a statement thanking fans for their support. "The outpouring of love and support from his fans, friends and family means so much more to us than anyone can know," she said.