Rolling Stone published a statement from CHRIS CORNELL’s wife, VICKY CORNELL, who dispels that his suicide was from depression, but an accidental overdose of anxiety medication.
She wrote: “Chris’s death is a loss that escapes words and has created an emptiness in my heart that will never be filled. As everyone who knew him commented, Chris was a devoted father and husband. He was my best friend.”
“His world revolved around his family first and, of course, his music second. He flew home for Mother’s Day to spend time with our family. He flew out mid-day Wednesday, the day of the show, after spending time with the children. When we spoke before the show, we discussed plans for a vacation over Memorial Day and other things we wanted to do.”
“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 continued. “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.”
An attorney for the Cornell family, Kirk Pasich, reiterated Vicky’s belief that an extra dosage of Ativan, an anxiety medication often employed by recovering addicts, altered Chris Cornell’s mental faculties after the Detroit show.
Pasich added that the Cornell family is “disturbed at inferences that Chris knowingly and intentionally took his life.”
“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. “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.”
Pasich added that side effects of Ativan include “paranoid or suicidal thoughts, slurred speech and impaired judgment.” Read the full article here: Chris Cornell’s Wife Issues Statement