Shortly after midnight on Thursday, police ficers found Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell lying unresponsive in the bathroom with a band around his neck. Cornell’s wife had previously called on a friend to check on her husband. He passed away at 52 years old.
Chris Cornell performed with Soundgarden just hours earlier at Detroit’s Fox Theatre. Reporters said that he looked cheery after giving a spirited performance. There wasn’t any indication that the singer struggled with depression or any current drug addictions. However, the Wayne County Medical determined that the singer committed suicide. Now, his family will challenge that ruling.
Through their lawyer, Cornell’s family issued the following statement.
According to his family, Cornell had probably taken prescription drug medicine Ativan above its recommended dosage. The family’s statement continues,
“Some medical literature indicates that Ativan can cause paranoid or suicidal thoughts, slurred speech and impaired judgment.”
Following Chris Cornell’s spirited performance in Detroit, Chris Cornell’s wife, Vicky, noticed that the singer’s speech had slurred. In an emotionally-charged statement, she indicated that this may have been a possible side-effect Ativan. This, in turn, may have pushed the singer to commit suicide.
Uploaded on YouTube, you can see the singer’s final performance below.
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