Family of musician Chris Cornell disputes he killed himself


Official reports say that Cornell hanged himself.

Vicky Cornell said she had asked security to check on her husband on Wednesday night and had spoken to him before and after the concert he played that evening in Detroit, Michigan, with Soundgarden.

Toxicology reports usually take four to six weeks, so the Cornell family still has a wait before they can be certain about whether Cornell's medication was a contributing cause of his death.

During the couple's phone conversation, Cornell repeatedly told Karayiannis, "I am just exhausted", The Detroit News reported, citing a police report the news outlet obtained. Vicky told Kirsten that Cornell repeated, 'I am just exhausted, ' before hanging up the phone, the report says.

A police spokesman told two Detroit newspapers that the singer was found hanging inside the bathroom of his suite at the MGM Grand hotel - just an hour after finishing his final haunting song, The Sun reported.

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According to his family, Cornell had probably taken prescription drug medicine Ativan above its recommended dosage. During the phone call, she said he was slurring his words and kept telling her that "I'm just exhausted". As anyone who knew him commented, Chris as a devoted father and husband. However, side effects that the drug can cause do include drowsiness, confusion, depression, self-harm and suicidal thoughts. "His world revolved around his family first and of course, his music, second", Vicky added.

Through her attorney, Vicky Cornell explains how shocked and sadden her family are at her husband's suicide.

Ativan maker Pfizer Inc said it does not sell branded or generic versions of the drug in the United States, where Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc now has the product rights. "He flew home for Mother's Day to spend time with our family".

"I went from being a daily drug user at 13 to having bad drug experiences and quitting drugs by the time I was 14, and then not having any friends until the time I was 16", he told Rolling Stone in 1994. Cornell, 52, who gained fame as the lead singer of the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, died at a hotel in Detroit and police said Thursday, May 18, 2017, that his death is being investigated as a possible suicide. In fact, on the day of his death, Vicky claimed they had "discussed plans for a vacation over Memorial Day and other things we wanted to do".

Kirk Pasich, a lawyer for the family, said Cornell's relatives were disturbed that inferences that the singer "knowingly and intentionally took his life" were being made before the results of a toxicology test were known.