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Chris Cornell’s Wife is Disputing Coroner’s Suicide Ruling

My childhood died yesterday when it was reported that Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell had passed away in Detroit at the age of 52. Bad news turned worse when we learned that his death is being investigated by Detroit Police as a “possible suicide”, with a further report adding that his death was ruled a suicide by hanging. The developing story became personal when stories surfaced this morning that his suicide may have been related to medication he was taking, which happened to one of my friends many years ago.

In a statement through their attorney, Chris Cornell’s family does not believe the Soundgarden and Audioslave singer knew “what he was doing” when he took his own life earlier this week in Detroit.

Via ABC News, Chris’s wife, Vicky, blames an accidental overdose on anxiety medication for pushing him to suicide:

“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,” family attorney Kirk Pasich stated early Friday morning in a press release.

Cornell’s wife Vicky added in the new statement that Chris spoke with her before his Detroit show on Wednesday night and “discussed plans for a vacation over Memorial Day and other things we wanted to do.”

She said that later, after the show, he was “slurring his words; he was different,” when she spoke to him. She said she wants to wait on the results of toxicology tests before drawing any conclusions.

“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. “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.”

This is a really, really big deal and there’s a huge difference between a premeditated suicide and one caused by medication. With the latter, the victim may not have been in their right mind and acting on impulse. Wrongly prescribed or over prescribed drugs could cause someone to do this, or not explaining the side effects of one could have the same end result. With Cornell being a high profile celebrity, and as someone who lost a loved one to the side effects of a medication, I can only hope this raises awareness of the overmedication problem we have in this country and seek to find people the help they need in a more controlled and safe way. But this is a conversation for another day. Today we mourn.



COMMENTS

41 Comments
  • Barry El Beardo

    ‘where am I going to get money from now? I know, I’ll sue the pharmaceutical company that prescribed him drugs!’

    • J Jett

      don’t be a dick.

      • Barry El Beardo

        Too late!

      • SpaceManSpliffz .

        fuck off, clown shoe. you seem to love wearing that internet crusader cape but all it does is make you look like a whiny bitch.

        oh and chris cornell sucked donkey dick, you gonna call me a name again ahahahahahaha

        • Saturn

          So J sounds like a whiny bitch?
          Better than sounding like a total twat like you’re coming across….

          • Barry El Beardo

            I’m sorry!

          • Saturn

            Comment was aimed at SpaceMan Spliffz – so you don’t have to say sorry about owt mate.

        • ScriptGiverrrr

          Good lord you’re an idiot.

          And here’s my preemptive reply to the lameass pussy-filled “tough guy” response you’ll inevitably have: suck my taint you fat fuck.

        • J Jett

          poor pathetic Spacey. there’s no need to call you a cunt. everyone here already knows you are one.

    • zombie84_41

      No more singers need to die unless they are garbage.

  • Creepshow

    The amount of medication being shoveled out to people nowadays is astounding. The side effects we hear on commercials and such are down right frightening. I honestly don’t know how some people can function on a day to day basis being all clouded up on meds. I’ve known a few people who straight-up stopped taking their prescribed meds, and actually ended up feeling better by not taking that shit. Pills scare the fuck out of me. I’ll just stick with my Flintstones vitamins and Tylenol thanks.

  • J Jett

    if Ativan is the drug i’m thinking of it’s a really REALLY fucked up, dangerous drug. a friend of mine (i’m fairly positive it was Ativan he was on) who does not do drugs whatsoever was on Ativan and it caused him to sleepwalk (he had never done that before). while in that condition/state he fell down the stairs in his house and broke his arm. he was lucky it was only his arm. IF this is the same drug, Cornell’s wife may indeed be right that he wasn’t in full control of his actions. i’ve said that this drug is extremely dangerous.

    • zombie84_41

      I fine it hard to believe just ATIVAN did this if thats that case. Maybe he mixed other drugs and was drinking that would cause a reaction. I give out meds at my work. And ATIVAN is the number one med. I never seen anybody yet do anything drastic like this.

      • J Jett

        zombie84, i may be mistaken on which pill my friend took. i could have sworn he said it was Ativan. either way thanks for the info! 🙂

        • zombie84_41

          You welcome. Well it could of been any pill if taken to much of can do terrible things to you. But I just can’t see ATIVAN being the only drug.

      • Sandra Hatfield Cosmetic Nurse

        I find it hard to believe too. There is something deeper in this story. I have my suspicions, but will not disclose. I think the truth will come out, but I do think it was suicide…

        • zombie84_41

          Ya ATIVAN alone wouldn’t do this . Theres no way. IF he mixed other drugs like I said I can see it happening. And I still find it odd there wasn’t a note left behind.

  • AriesSiren

    Chris as an addict had no business taking Ativan. Clearly he wasn’t sober there are non-narcotic anxiety medications he should have been on if he was really serious about being sober.

  • Ocelot006 .

    Is there really proof that someone who wouldn’t in a million years commit suicide has done so on medication and it was entirely nothing more than the medication creating such thoughts and will to do so?

    • zombie84_41

      Certain meds do make you depress and funny thing is the meds that make you depress are suppose to cure your depression. Go figure.

      • Ocelot006 .

        Well depression isn’t a very simple thing. And I think the way we tend to brush off ‘oh it wasn’t him it was the medication’ is just us always shying away from discussing suicide. Men outnumber women in suicide 8 to 1 and we never discuss it. Those are pretty much the hard numbers but instead people discuss the wage gap instead which is some of the silliest bullshit in the world. Or at least in first world countries. I have no problem believing third world countries are all fucked up in pay.

        • zombie84_41

          Its very true all what you said. And a really bad illness as bad cancer, parkinson’s, or any other disease. But sadly this country doesn’t see it as that. IDK if any other country sees it as a terrible disease either. Its sad. Very sad. You know whats worst, prob won’t ever be seen as a terrible disease.

  • Michael Hill

    how sad too bad never mind. Next.

    • ScriptGiverrrr

      You’re the one still posting comments after saying next, idiot.

    • Remy Carreiro

      You should kill yourself.

    • zombie84_41

      Here kitty kitty

  • Barry El Beardo

    I already did

  • Creepshow

    I’d be a refreshing change rather than hearing about your junk collection.

  • Saturn

    With the way he died it’s gonna be difficult, and perhaps sadly ironic, listening to the 1st and 11th tracks on Down On The Upside (not being a douche, just pointing out a sad irony). 🙁

  • Michael Hill

    you can all go fuck yourselves. Take drugs and end up dead. No sympathy here. He wont do it again will he?

    • ScriptGiverrrr

      Thanks for sharing. Now you can Go back to being an alcoholic wife beater.

      • zombie84_41

        I’m thinking its the reverse he’s get buttrape by his wife.

    • Remy Carreiro

      May someone you love be raped.
      Boom, I can be shocking too.

    • zombie84_41

      I believe this Mr. Hill is a troll. Hey troll man whats sup. Wanta get face fucked.

      • Michael Hill

        who asked your opinion asshole? go tongue out your mother’s hairy love hole. do it.

        • zombie84_41

          I was thinking about tounging out all your asshole since thats what you enjoy. ^&^

  • Remy Carreiro

    I was in the hospital last week and almost died from Benzos, full on hallucinations, put my fucking hand through a window and have no idea why, then had a seizure and almost coded. This is NOT bullshit.
    https://www.thisismorpheus.com/2017/05/quitting-xanax-nearly-cost-me-my-life/

  • James Allard


    Meant to be played at maximum volume. For a 57 year old man… this was pretty damned amazing when the kids brought it home, and it still hits the mark. Crude comments about his loss aside, the fact is that mental illness is an issue. Then again, in the US currently almost any kind of illness…
    No. Not going any further down the rabbit hole. All I will say is to the idiots that don’t get it: I pray that you never know what it is like to lose someone by their own hand (even if this doesn’t turn out to be the case here).

  • Michael Hill

    The only noise this asshole will be making now is trying to claw out his coffin.

  • KennyThaKilla

    Brad Miska – Would you please get rid of this troll Michael Hill? He’s
    been stinking up this site with his bullshit for far too long.

  • Alex Harbie

    I know this sounds crazy, but this same thing happened to Ledger, maybe he was trying to get high, addicts can slip and it can have deadly consequences. Does she think the coroner or the state have some ulterior motive against ruling this otherwise Did she never consider this as being able to happen with these medications, I mean it is a clearly stated side effect. Why do I feel like she wants it to be the meds, just so she can sue for wrongful death, and take a nice settlement home from the Pharmaceutical company.

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