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Late grunge rocker Chris Cornell found joy in Miami

FILE - In this July 29, 2015 file photo, Chris Cornell plays guitar during a portrait session at The Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills, Calif. Cornell, 52, who gained fame as the lead singer of the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, died at a hotel in Detroit and police said Thursday, May 18, 2017, that his death is being investigated as a possible suicide.
FILE - In this July 29, 2015 file photo, Chris Cornell plays guitar during a portrait session at The Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills, Calif. Cornell, 52, who gained fame as the lead singer of the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, died at a hotel in Detroit and police said Thursday, May 18, 2017, that his death is being investigated as a possible suicide. Casey Curry/Invision/AP

The rock world lost an amazing talent when Chris Cornell died suddenly on Wednesday.

And Miami lost a semi local.

The Soundgarden front man maintained a place in Miami Beach, which he loved.

 

Lil C as Deadpool #HappyHalloween

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Last June, he told the Tampa Bay Times why he liked spending time in Florida.

It naturally had a lot to do with the geography — and weather.

“If you look at the continental U.S., it’s as far away as you could possibly get,” Cornell told the paper. “It’s not something I would have guessed I would have liked, in terms of the heat and the humidity, and it turns out that I really do. After being here for a couple of weeks, I thought, I could really get used to it.”

Instagram user Megan Rebecca shared clips and images of Chris Cornell's final performance with Soundgarden at Detroit’s Fox Theater on May 17. This clip shows his performance of the band’s hit "Black Hole Sun."

The Seattle native actually wrote and recorded part of his 2015 album “Higher Truth” while in the Sunshine State and kicked off his Higher Truth World Tour last summer at Ruth Eckerd Hall.

Seems Florida was good for getting the creative juices flowing.

“I’d come down here enough times to where I sort of had a feel for it, but it wasn’t until working here that I felt like it was a place I understood a little better, and really started to grow to like a lot,” the grunge rocker added. “It might actually lend itself to the creative process a little bit.”

He also enjoyed the beach, as evidenced by his social media account, and doing fun stuff with his two kids Toni, 12, and Christopher, 11, and his wife Vicky Karayiannis. Cornell even posted a pic on Instagram of him feeding a tiger with his kids, a Jungle Island attraction.

 

Summer tiger feeding!

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Cornell’s death in Detroit while on tour was ruled a suicide by hanging.

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