Chris Cornell's Wife Vicky Believes His Suicide Was Accidental – eonline
Chris Cornell‘s widow is speaking out one day after his death.
Early Thursday morning, the 52-year-used Soundgarden singer was found unresponsive with a band around his neck inside his bathroom at the MGM Grand Hotel in Detroit. The grunge rocker was pronounced dead on the scene. Later that afternoon, after an initial autopsy had been completed, the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office announced his cause of death “has been determined as suicide by hanging. A full autopsy report has not yet been completed.”
Kirk Pasich, an attorney for the Cornell family, said Friday they are disturbed by implications that Chris deliberately and intentionally took his life. “Without the results of toxicology tests, we enact not know what was going on with Chris—or whether any substances contributed to his demise. Chris, a recovering addict, had a prescription for Ativan and may contain taken more Ativan than recommended dosages,” Pasich said. The family believes that whether Chris took his life, he did not know what he was doing, and that drugs or other substances may contain affected his actions.”
Chris also left behind three kids, ages 16, 12 and 11.
In a statement, his wife Vicky Cornell spoke of what a devoted family man the Audioslave singer was. “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, moment,” Vicky said. “He flew domestic for Mother’s Day to spend time with our family. He flew out mid-day Wednesday, the day of the account for, after spending time with the children.”
Before his final account for, she said, “We discussed plans for a vacation over Memorial Day and other things we wanted to enact. When we spoke after the account for, I noticed he was slurring his words; he was different. When he told me he may contain taken an additional Ativan or two, I contacted security and asked that they check on him.” Police confirmed to E! News Thursday that after Vicky was unable to reach Chris, she called someone in Detroit, who forced open the door and found him.
Funeral arrangements for Chris contain not been announced. Soundgarden was set to headline the “Rock on the Range” festival at MAPFRE Stadium Friday; it’s unclear whether the tour will proceed.
“What happened is inexplicable and I am hopeful that further medical reports will provide additional details,” Chris’ widow told E! News in a statement. “I know that he loved our children and he would not afflict them by intentionally taking his own life. The outpouring of care for and support from his fans, friends and family means so much more to us than anyone can know.”
“Thank you for that,” Vicky added, “and for understanding how difficult this is for us.”
Meanwhile, the Pretty Reckless released the following statement in the wake of Cornell’s passing and in regards to their previously scheduled account for this evening:
“It is with our grieving hearts that we contain decided to reschedule tonight’s account for at The Starland Ballroom. We will fabricate it up to you. More info on the current date to approach soon.”
whether you or someone you know needs encourage, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).