The music world was rocked by the death of Chris Cornell. The Soundgarden, Audioslave, and Temple of the Dog singer was found dead in his hotel room at 12:05 a.m. on Thursday. The medical examiner in the case revealed that legendary singer was found with a “band around his neck.” The family of Cornell has broken their silence and question that the singer would intentionally commit suicide and said anxiety drugs were a key factor in his early demise.
Vicky Cornell, the wife of Soundgarden singer, issued a statement regarding the death of her husband on Friday.
“Chris’s death is a loss that escapes words and has created an emptiness in my heart that will never be filled. As everyone who knew him commented, Chris was a devoted father and husband. He was my best friend. His world revolved around his family first and, of course, his music second. He flew home for Mother’s Day to spend time with our family. He flew out mid-day Wednesday, the day of the show, after spending time with the children. When we spoke before the show, we discussed plans for a vacation over Memorial Day and other things we wanted to do.”
On the night that Cornell died, Vicky talked to Chris over the phone after his show in Detroit and noticed a change in her husband’s demeanor.
“When we spoke after the show, I noticed he was slurring his words; he was different. When he told me he may have taken an extra Ativan or two, I contacted security and asked that they check on him. What happened is inexplicable and I am hopeful that further medical reports will provide additional details. I know that he loved our children and he would not hurt them by intentionally taking his own life.”
Vicky ended the statement by saying: “The outpouring of love and support from his fans, friends and family means so much more to us than anyone can know. Thank you for that, and for understanding how difficult this is for us.”
From Rolling Stone:
An attorney for the Cornell family, Kirk Pasich, reiterated Vicky’s belief that an extra dosage of Ativan, an anxiety medication often employed by recovering addicts, altered Chris Cornell’s mental faculties after the Detroit show. Pasich added that the Cornell family is “disturbed at inferences that Chris knowingly and intentionally took his life.”
“Without the results of toxicology tests, we do not know what was going on with Chris — or if any substances contributed to his demise,” Pasich said. “Chris, a recovering addict, had a prescription for Ativan and may have taken more Ativan than recommended dosages. The family believes that if Chris took his life, he did not know what he was doing, and that drugs or other substances may have affected his actions.”
Pasich added that side effects of Ativan include “paranoid or suicidal thoughts, slurred speech and impaired judgment”; Vicky Cornell noted her husband’s slurred speech following the Detroit concert in her statement.
The last words of Chris Cornell have been revealed. As the 52-year-old singer was being escorted from the Motor City’s Fox Theatre where Soundgarden had just put on a show, Cornell yelled to the crowd, “I love you!” Within 60 minutes later, Cornell was dead.