Family of Chris Cornell disputes suicide report


The family of Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell is disputing "inferences that Chris knowingly and intentionally" killed himself.

>>Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell dead at 52

The family said in a statement that without toxicology tests completed, they can't be sure what led to his death, or if any substances were involved. According to lawyer Kirk Pasich, Cornell had a prescription for the anti-anxiety drug Ativan, which he said has various side effects.

>> See photos of Chris Cornell and Soundgarden through the years

Cornell was found dead Wednesday night in his Detroit hotel room after performing at a concert.

>> Read more trending news

Cornell's wife, Vicky Cornell, said in the statement that when she spoke to her husband after the Detroit show, he told her that he might have taken "an extra Ativan or two" and was slurring his words.

The medical examiner in Detroit said Cornell hanged himself. Police told two Detroit newspapers that the singer was found with a band around his neck.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Nation & World

Johnson says Senate tax bill would hurt small businesses (like his own)
Johnson says Senate tax bill would hurt small businesses (like his own)

Here's what Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., the first Republican to oppose the Senate tax bill, doesn't like about the measure: It would slash tax rates for conventional corporations and give a much smaller tax cut to firms like the four in which he has millions of dollars in investments.  Johnson's office says he does not support the Senate bill because...
Thanksgiving 2017: How to fry a turkey without burning down the house
Thanksgiving 2017: How to fry a turkey without burning down the house

It’s become a tradition in many families – instead of roasting the Thanksgiving turkey, they fry it up in a vat of oil. Some say the idea of frying the holiday bird came from Justin Wilson, the Louisiana chef who made everything Cajun popular a few decades ago. According to an article in Vogue, in 1996, Martha Stewart Living published...
Forensic artist helps families of fallen officers grieve though his artwork
Forensic artist helps families of fallen officers grieve though his artwork

His art usually helps put alleged criminals behind bars, or put a face to a name. But a police officer and forensic artist is using his talents to help ease the pain of the family members of first responders who lost their lives in the line of duty.  Johnny Castro, who is a retired military police officer, has loved to draw for a long time,...
Couple accidentally shot at church while discussing gun safety
Couple accidentally shot at church while discussing gun safety

A man and his wife were accidentally shot by his gun after a presentation on firearm safety at their church.  The 81-year old man took out a Ruger .38 hangun cleared it and showed it to other parishioners during an early Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 9 at First United Methodist Church in Tellico Plains.  After talking about how to safely bring...
Country music drama ‘Nashville’ will end after season 6
Country music drama ‘Nashville’ will end after season 6

“Nashville” is ending in 2018 after its sixth season. The Tennessean reported that Lionsgate Television Group announced on Nov. 17 that the show’s upcoming sixth season will be its last.  “After more than 120 episodes of unforgettable television, we believe that creatively it is time for the series to come to its triumphant...
More Stories