Chris Cornell’s family disputes he killed himself

The Detroit News

Detroit — Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell’s family is “disturbed” by “inferences that Chris knowingly and intentionally took his life.”

In a statement issued by Cornell’s wife, Vicky, and attorney Kirk Pasich, the lawyer said the family needs the results of toxicology tests to be sure what happened to the alternative rocker, who was found dead early Thursday after performing with the band at the Fox Theater.

Pasich said Cornell, a recovering addict, was prescribed the anti-anxiety drug Ativan and may have exceeded the recommended dosage. The attorney said that according to some medical literature, Ativan can cause paranoia, suicidal thoughts and other side effects.

“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 said.

In the statement, Vicky Cornell said she spoke to her husband before and after Wednesday night’s concert and noticed during the later conversation that he was slurring his words.

“He was different,” she said. “When he told me he may have taken an extra Ativan or two, I contacted security and asked that they check on him.”

The Wayne County Medical Examiner said Cornell hanged himself. According to a police report obtained by The Detroit News, the singer was found on the floor of the bathroom in his room at the MGM Grand Detroit with a red exercise band around his neck and blood coming from his mouth.

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