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

Vicky Cornell turned involved when her husband, the frontman for Soundgarden and Audioslave, instructed her by cellphone about his dose of the prescription sedative, which can be utilized to deal with anxiousness, she instructed 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.

“After we spoke after the present, I seen he was slurring his phrases; he was totally different,” Vicky Cornell stated. “When he instructed me he could 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 extra particulars.”

Cornell doesn’t consider 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 cherished our youngsters and he wouldn’t damage them by deliberately taking his personal life,” Vicky Cornell stated.

The household will anticipate toxicology check outcomes to see whether or not Ativan could have impaired Chris Cornell’s judgment earlier than his dying, lawyer Kirk Pasich stated.

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

The Medical Examiner’s Workplace in Wayne County, Michigan, announced Thursday that Cornell’s explanation for dying 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 tough that is for us,” she stated, including that there’s an “vacancy in my coronary heart that can by no means be stuffed.”