Entertainment Chris Cornell's wife blames prescription drug for suicide

17:36  19 may  2017
17:36  19 may  2017 Source:   Cover Media

Chris Cornell's Death Ruled Suicide, Source Says Musician Was 'Going Through a Dark Period in His Life'

  Chris Cornell's Death Ruled Suicide, Source Says Musician Was 'Going Through a Dark Period in His Life' A source tells ET that Cornell 'was a great father' whose kids 'must be crushed.'A spokesman for the Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office tells ET that the Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman's autopsy is complete and the cause of death is hanging by suicide.

The medical examiner ruled that Cornell died of suicide by hanging, but the family believes he was not suicidal and instead hint that the side effects of his prescription drugs may have led to his death. Cornell ’ s wife described the rocker as a loving family man in Friday’s statement.

Chris Cornell ' s wife Vicky issued a statement speculating whether his suicide was the result of too much anxiety medication. " Chris , a recovering addict, had a prescription for Ativan and may have taken more Ativan than recommended dosages.

The widow of Soundgarden rocker Chris Cornell has blamed his death on a prescription drug he was taking.

The 52-year-old musician was found dead in a Detroit hotel room on Wednesday (17May17), hours after performing with his band in the city. A medical examiner ruled his death a suicide by hanging.

Chris' wife Vicky alerted security staff and asked them to check on her husband, a recovering alcohol and drug addict, as she was worried he had taken Ativan, also known as Lorazepam, a prescription anti-anxiety medication used to treat addiction problems.

"When we spoke after the show, I noticed he was slurring his words; he was different," Vicky said in a statement. "When he told me he may have taken an extra Ativan or two, I contacted security and asked that they check on him."

Chris Cornell death: Wife Vicky Karayiannis breaks silence to deny suicide reports

  Chris Cornell death: Wife Vicky Karayiannis breaks silence to deny suicide reports The wife of late Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell has broken her silence for the first time since his tragic death. In a heartfelt statement, Vicky Karayiannis denied reports Cornell may have intentionally attempted suicide after a medical examiner said he took his own life. Cornell, 52, was found dead in his room at the MGM Grand hotel in Detroit on 17 May, just hours after performing a gig with Soundgarden. According to a preliminary autopsy conducted by the Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office, Cornell was found with a band around his neck in an apparent suicide. However, further tests are being carried out to determine the cause of death. In her first statement, Karayiannis said: "Chris's death is a loss that escapes words and has created an emptiness in my heart that will never be filled. As everyone who knew him commented, Chris was a devoted father and husband. He was my best friend. His world revolved around his family first and of course, his music, second. He flew home for Mother's Day to spend time with our family." Karayiannis explains that she spoke to Cornell before his Fox Theatre concert and the couple discussed future plans, including a holiday over Memorial Day weekend. The former publicist says: "When we spoke after the show, I noticed he was slurring his words; he was different. When he told me he may have taken an extra Ativan or two, I contacted security and asked that they check on him.

The attorney for Chris Cornell ‘ s family and Vicky Cornell issued statement on the famed The family believes that if Chris took his life, he did not know what he was doing, and that drugs or other In her own statement, wife Vicky added, “ Chris ’s death is a loss that escapes words and has created an

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Ativan is known to cause suicidal thoughts in some patients.

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Vicky, who has two children with Chris, said her husband had celebrated America's Mother's Day holiday last weekend at home, and that they had discussed vacation plans before the concert at Detroit's Fox Theatre. Chris also has a daughter from his first marriage.

The rocker's widow added, "What happened is inexplicable and I am hopeful that further medical reports will provide additional details. I know that he loved our children and he would not hurt them by intentionally taking his own life."

The Cornell family's lawyer Kirk Pasich also cited the drug as a possible factor in the rocker's death.

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

After hearing news of Chris' death fans of the group set up an informal memorial at A Sound Garden in Seattle, Washington, an art installation in the band's hometown from which they took their name.

In her statement, Vicky said the support of the group's fans was helping her family cope with the tragedy.

"The outpouring of love and support from his fans, friends and family means so much more to us than anyone can know. Thank you for that, and for understanding how difficult this is for us," she said.

Chris Cornell cremated in private ceremony - report .
Late rocker Chris Cornell was reportedly cremated at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Tuesday (23May17). The Soundgarden and Audioslave singer was found dead following his band's show in Detroit, Michigan on 17 May, and a coroner subsequently ruled the 52-year-old's passing a suicide by hanging. It was rumoured that he would be buried at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles in a private funeral on Friday, and while that service is still set to go ahead, the family have apparently cremated his remains first. According to TMZ.com, Cornell's wife Vicki, brother Pete and friends Linda Ramone, widow of late Ramones rocker Johnny, and singer J.D. King were the only people present when he was cremated at the famous celebrity burial ground on Tuesday. The group were reportedly there for about an hour, and will return on Friday, when his ashes will be buried in a private ceremony surrounded by other friends and family members. Once the service is over, fans of the rocker will reportedly be able to visit the burial site and cemetery officials tell TMZ they are prepared for a large crowd. Other notable celebrities interred at the cemetery include Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland and Cecil B. DeMille. A Johnny Ramone statue was unveiled there in 2005, around four months after his death. Linda has kept his ashes but their remains will both be placed in the statue after her death.

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