Drugs taken by Chris Cornell didn't cause Soundgarden singer's death

Tina Ray
June 3, 2017

The toxicology findings in Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell's death indicate that the late singer had several prescription drugs in his system when he was found hanged in his Detroit hotel room, a new report said Friday.

Cornell died from a hanging according to the Wayne County Medical Examiner's report using an exercise belt (see below).

Following the release of the autopsy and toxicology report, Cornell's widow Vicki released a statement to Rolling Stone. The toxicologist said that Cornell had four Lorazepam (Ativan) in his system, a drug that Vicky Cornell had pointed to early in the investigation as over taking the drug can lead to thoughts of suicide.

"After so many years of sobriety, this moment of bad judgement seems to have completely impaired and altered his state of mind".


In the aftermath of his death, Cornell's family has disputed that his suicide was intentional.

"Something clearly went terribly wrong and my children and I are heartbroken and are devastated that this moment can never be taken back", she continued.

"Chris, a recovering addict, had a prescription for Ativan and may have taken more Ativan than recommended dosages", Pasich said. "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".

The denial letter sent last week to The AP said that the "disclosure of any information at this time would compromise and interfere with" the Detroit police investigation into Cornell's death. His system also contained a sedative called butalbital, as well as lorazepam (the generic version of Ativan), barbituates and pseudoephedrine, which is a d. He also spoke of periods of depression and agoraphobia. A doctor at the hotel pronounced the 52-year-old deceased.

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