The wife of late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell has issued a statement about her 52-year-old husband’s sudden passing.
While the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s concluded that the singer’s death was a suicide, Vicky Cornell said she believes her husband’s death could be drug-related. In a statement, she said he was taking anxiety medication Ativan.
“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,” she said in the statement.
“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.”
Kirk Pasich, the Cornell family attorney, echoed Vicky Cornell’s beliefs that an extra dosage of the medication may have caused the musician’s death.
“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 in a statement. “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.”
The singer was found with a band around his neck inside a MGM Grand Casino hotel room in Detroit around midnight Wednesday, according to police.
According to reports, one of the final songs Soundgarden performed Wednesday at the Fox Theater was a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “In My Time of Dying,” which features the lyrics: “In my time of dying, I want nobody to mourn / All I want for you to do is take my body home.”
In her statement, Cornell’s wife also reflected on her final days with her husband.