Chris Cornell (born Christopher John Boyle; July 20, 1964 – May 18, 2017) was an American musician, singer and songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter and rhythm guitarist for Seattle rock band Soundgarden and as lead vocalist and songwriter for the group Audioslave. He was also known for his numerous solo works and soundtrack contributions since 1991, and as founder and frontman for Temple of the Dog, the one-off tribute band dedicated to his late friend Andrew Wood.
Chris’s father, Edward F. “Ed” Boyle, is a pharmacist, from Everett, Washington. Chris’s mother, Karen Ruth Cornell, is an accountant, from Seattle, Washington. His ancestry was Norwegian, Irish, English, Scottish, Northern Irish, Welsh, German, French, and remote Manx, Swiss-German, and Wampanoag Native American.
He was married to publicist Vicky Karayiannis, with whom he has two children. He was previously married to manager Susan Silver, with whom he has a daughter.
Chris converted to the Greek Orthodox religion of his wife Vicky.
In an interview on Howard Stern’s show, c. 2007, Chris appeared to state that his mother is Jewish. This is not accurate.
Chris’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his third great-grandfather, Denis Boyle.
Chris’s paternal grandfather was Edward John Boyle (the son of Dennis Peter Boyle and Anna Louisa “Louise” Zahler). Dennis was born in Renfrew, Renfrewshire, Scotland, to Irish immigrants, Terrence Boyle, of County Sligo, and Mary McVey. Louisa was the daughter of German immigrants, Michael Zahler, of Trier, Rhine (now Rhineland-Palatinate), and Ann Catherine Stenger, of Dillishausen, Lamerdingen, Bavaria.
Chris’s paternal grandmother was Anona Ruth Olson (the daughter of Eivin Olaus Olsen, later Olsen, and of Carrie Lorena Jones/McGuire). Eivin was a Norwegian immigrant, from Stavanger, Rogaland, and was the son of Ole Olsen Blaasenberg, later Vaaland, and of Andrine Tønnesdatter Bjuland.
Chris’s maternal grandfather was Ralph Trivett Cornell (the son of Julian Trivett Cornell and Emily Keillor Emmerson). Ralph was born in Rothesay, Nova Scotia, Canada. Julian was the son of Robert/Ralph Trivett Cornell, whose parents were Irish, and of Anne/Annie Eudora Maxon. Emily was the daughter of Henry Robert Emmerson and Emily Charlotte Record.
Chris’s maternal grandmother was Marion/Marian M. MacNutt (the daughter of James Frederick MacNutt and Clarabell Josephine Hubbell). Marion was born in Washington. James was a Canadian immigrant, from Darmley, Prince Edward Island, and was the son of George Beairsto MacNutt and Annie McGougan Rodd. Clarabell was born in Wisconsin, the daughter of Fred Keaton Hubbell and Annetta Alta Remer.
Chris’s matrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his fourth great-grandmother, Elisabeth Hoffmann, who was born, c. 1821, in Hesse, Germany.
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