Lawyer: Cornell family awaiting toxicology reports

Adam Graham
The Detroit News

The attorney for the family of Chris Cornell said Tuesday he wasn’t sure if a second autopsy would be conducted on the body of the late Soundgarden singer, who died last week in Detroit after performing a sold-out concert at the Fox Theatre.

The death was ruled a suicide by hanging by the Wayne County Medical Examiner. The family denied the finding that he took his own life, and told the Associated Press last week “an extra Ativan or two” — an anti-anxiety drug for which Cornell had a prescription — may have contributed to his death.

“We’re awaiting the results of the toxicology reports from the lab,” the Cornell family attorney, Kirk Pasich, said Tuesday.

Detectives reviewed surveillance video from the MGM Grand Detroit, where Cornell was staying Wednesday, to rule out the possibility that someone else had killed Cornell, 52, according to a source with knowledge of the police investigation.

The video footage that was reviewed was fixed on the corridor outside of Cornell’s room on the hotel’s 11th floor. The footage showed no one entered or exited the suite after Cornell’s bodyguard left around 11:35 p.m. Wednesday.

Cornell’s body was found on the bathroom floor of his suite with a red rubber exercise band secured tightly around his neck, according to a police report.

A private funeral service for the Soundgarden singer is set for Friday at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Forever Cemetery.


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