Celebrities Who Have Died In 2017: Audioslave Lead Singer And Fox News Founder Add To Ever Growing List

Danny Cox - Author

May 18 2017, Updated 7:12 a.m. ET

It was a sad night as two celebrity deaths are now being added to the 2017 list that is starting to grow at an alarming rate. After finishing his final performance ever with a song about death, Soundgarden and Audioslave lead singer Chris Cornell unexpectedly and suddenly died. As news began breaking about his passing, numerous media outlets also reported the death of Fox News founder Roger Ailes which has the list of celebrities who have died in 2017 even longer.

As reported by the New York Times, Cornell was one of the architects of grunge music, and he died in Detroit on Wednesday night at the age of 52. A statement from his representative said that his death was both “sudden and unexpected.” The singer’s family is working with a medical examiner to “determine the cause” of his death.

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CNN pointed out that the last song he sang in his final performance ever was a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “In My Time of Dying.”

CNBC is also reporting that media giant Roger Ailes, the founder of Fox News, died at the age of 77. It was just last summer that Ailes resigned from his positions as CEO and chairman of Fox News and Fox Business Network after having a sexual harassment lawsuit brought against him.

The lawsuit was brought by Gretchen Carlson, the former Fox News Channel Host who said her firing came after she refused to have sex with Ailes. Since her lawsuit was made public, a number of other women have come forward to say the CEO sexually harassed them as well.


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