Chris Cornell fans dark and morbid tribute

Publish Date
Friday, 26 May 2017, 11:45AM
NZ Herald

NZ Herald

Chris Cornell's fans are paying a morbid tribute to the star by trying to book the hotel room in which he took his life.

The star died at the MGM Grand in Detroit and since the news broke, fans have been calling off the hook to try and book Room 1136 where Cornell stayed.

According to the New York Post, hotel officials have been telling fans the room will remain off-limits.

A Detroit Free Press reporter managed to make a reservation for it but according to the paper, when the reporter tried to check in, he was told the room was not available and was offered another instead.

The interest in Room 1136 isn't the first example of what's called "dark tourism".

"Ghost and sinister history tour offerings have exploded in recent years and are popular worldwide," Karin Risko, director of City Tour Detroit, told Free Press.

"Detroit is a latecomer to this genre, which is surprising considering Detroit is older than the also French-founded New Orleans, considered by many to be the most haunted city in the United States, and we've had more than our share of tragedies and misfortunes."

Risko said she may add Cornell's death into next year's tour offerings.

"While I try not to cover recent tragedies on the Notorious 313 tours out of respect for surviving family members, I do deviate from this if the death or tragic incident is high-profile in nature, which Chris Cornell's death is," she said.

This article was first published on nzherald.co.nz and is republished here with permission.