• Cornell took “additional” anxiousness medication simply earlier than his demise, his widow says
  • The rocker, a recovering addict, had a prescription for Ativan, a household lawyer says

Vicky Cornell grew to become involved when her husband, the frontman for Soundgarden and Audioslave, informed her by telephone about his dose of the prescription sedative, which can be utilized to deal with anxiousness, she informed CNN in an announcement. They spoke shortly after Chris Cornell carried out a live performance Wednesday night time in Detroit, she stated; he was discovered round midnight Thursday.

“Once we spoke after the present, I seen he was slurring his phrases; he was totally different,” Vicky Cornell stated. “When he informed me he might have taken an additional Ativan or two, I contacted safety and requested that they test on him. What occurred is inexplicable, and I’m hopeful that additional medical studies will present further particulars.”

Cornell doesn’t imagine her husband “deliberately” took his personal life, she stated, including that the couple had been discussing summer season plans proper earlier than Chris Cornell went on stage Wednesday.

“I do know that he beloved our kids and he wouldn’t damage them by deliberately taking his personal life,” Vicky Cornell stated.

The household will look forward to toxicology take a look at outcomes to see whether or not Ativan might have impaired Chris Cornell’s judgment earlier than his demise, lawyer Kirk Pasich stated.

“Chris, a recovering addict, had a prescription for Ativan and will have taken extra Ativan than advisable dosages,” Pasich stated. “The household believes that if Chris took his life, he didn’t know what he was doing, and that medication or different substances might have affected his actions.”

The Medical Examiner’s Workplace in Wayne County, Michigan, announced Thursday that Cornell’s reason behind demise was suicide by hanging.

Cornell’s spouse additionally thanked supporters.

“The outpouring of affection and assist from his followers, family and friends means a lot extra to us than anybody can know. Thanks for that, and for understanding how troublesome that is for us,” she stated, including that there’s an “vacancy in my coronary heart that may by no means be crammed.”