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- Posted on Mar 19th 2012 11:45AM by Jason MacNeil
According to NewsComAu, the Perth group were playing the 'Den in the Civic Hotel' in Inglewood (Western Australia) when Cornell collapsed early into the performance.
"It is with great sadness that I inform you all that Gary has in fact passed away last night, second song into our set at the Civic Den," band member Kely Barcia wrote in a Facebook post. "Gary collapsed on stage and despite everyone's best efforts to revive him using CPR and the ambulance team taking Gary to Royal Perth Hospital, he was unable to be revived."
The group added that while no official explanation was given for Cornell's death, "it is suspected Gary experienced a cardiac arrest."
"Gary was a great performer/singer/song writer/drummer/musician/event promoter, a great mate to all that knew him, had a sincere lust for living life to its fullest and a great genuine person with a warm and very human side," Barcia added. "Our hearts go out to his family, and those closest to him, 34 years of age is much too early to check out. I have lost my best friend and brother of 17 years, RIP, you'll be truly missed."
Earlier on Monday, the group added that they are looking at April 1 as a possible date for a benefit gig but there will be "more details of the benefit gig when everything is a little more concrete."
Cornell's partner of 13 years, Julie Turner, spoke to PerthNow after the death. "We were together 13 years and we have two girls Madisan (8 years old), and Trinity (10 years old), and he loved his music and he loved his band and he lived life as full as he could," she said. "It was such a complete shock, he was so excited for the future and he had so much to live for."
According to the band's Facebook page, Pyramid of the Coyote formed in late 2009 and released an EP the following year entitled 'Monkey Empire,' which they described as the "unmistakable joint influences of Kyuss and QOTSA."
Funeral arrangements have yet to be announced.