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Chris Cornell’s widow goes to Detroit to investigate his death


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Chris Cornell‘s widow Vicky traveled to Detroit for the first time since his death last May in an effort to continue investigating the circumstances surrounding the Soundgarden singer’s passing. Accompanied by a lawyer, Vicky had scheduled a meeting with the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s office, but reportedly arrived so late that the examiner wasn’t able to keep the appointment. According to CBS Detroit, Vicky was able to pick up slides of microscopic tissue that were taken as evidence in the case.”

The CBS Detroit report added that Vicky Cornell has been questioning the Medical Examiner about Ativan, regarding the possible effects of the drug on the singer’s state of mind — but that is not an area in which the medical examiner would be able to provide insight.

  • Chris was found hanged in his room at the MGM Grand Detroit hotel on May 18th, following a Soundgarden show at the city’s Fox Theatre. His body was found soon after he had spoken with a “slurred” voice to Vicky by phone. The death was ruled a suicide.
  • But his family has questioned the medical examiner’s ruling, saying that he had a prescription for Ativan and that a higher than recommended dosage may have caused him to experience suicidal thoughts.
  • Vicky reportedly believes that her husband was not depressed and was not a suicide, but was instead brought on by the effect of the Ativan.
  • The toxicology report later said that Chris had the equivalent of four Ativan pills, as well as several other prescription drugs, in his system at the time of his death.

SIDE NOTES: Two months ago, Vicky unveiled plans to have a statue of her late husband created and placed in Chris’ home city of Seattle, and also said she’d continue developing the Chris Cornell Music Therapy Program, having committed $100,000 to its support.


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