Chris Cornell’s (Soundgarden) widow Vicky Cornell has further opened up about her disapproval with the investigation surrounding her husband’s death. She told The Detroit News that it was “botched” and that the medical examiner’s ruling that “drugs did not contribute to the cause of death” has resulted in “all sorts of false accusations and [has] subjected [her] to constant online attacks.” She added: “This has left me and my family still looking for answers, but at the same time, set off this whirlwind of conspiracies. Some of the people are just fans looking for answers, but some of them are conspiracy theorists who have said the most vile things to my children and me.” She also said that when the medical examiner said that drugs didn’t play a part in Chris’ death it was a “poor choice of phrasing” that “has misled the public to believing he was of sound mind and body.” Vicky continued: “Some conspiracy people think if Chris wasn’t impaired, he would never have killed himself, and so he must have been killed — and then they start getting into the rest of the holes.” She went on to say the conspiracy theories, which also included some that claimed she wanted to have her husband killed, and hateful comments have had a negative effect on her family: “We’re human beings. This is real life. We’re not characters in some film. I lost my husband. My children lost their father. We’re in a lot of pain, and we have to deal with these people coming after us. If the autopsy report was thorough, I believe some of this could have been avoided.” Chris passed away on May 18, 2017, and a public vigil will be held for him on the one year anniversary of his death.
The family of the late Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, etc.) will be hosting a public vigil on the one year anniversary of his death. (May 18). It will take place at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA at 7pm.
Chris Cornell’s widow Vicky Cornell has anounced the launch of Addiction Resource Center (ARC) for Chris, an online resource for people and families struggling with addiction. In addition to that, she has also announced the Addiction Resource Line (ARL) [1-833-301-HELP], a hotline for people that need to talk with healthcare professionals and peer recovery support advocates. Vicky commented:
“I’ve learned a lot since losing Chris, including the fact that addiction is a brain disease — a disease that is both preventable and treatable,” Vicky said in a press release. “While I can’t bring my husband back, I can help the millions of other families struggling with addition and I hope we can prevent this horrific experience from happening to others.”
“These resources are designed to connect people to the help they need — help that is often way too difficult to find — in the hope that other families are spared the loss that my family is experiencing. There is no better way to honor to Chris than by saving lives.”
Vicky Cornell, the widow of Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, etc.), has been appointed to the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, and will serve as Vice Chair at their annual spring luncheon fundraiser. She commented:
“I am excited to join The NYSPCC to support its extraordinary work positively impacting the lives of vulnerable children nationwide. Chris and I always shared a strong belief in helping children, and the mission of The NYSPCC is perfectly aligned with our foundation’s mission.”
Mary L. Pulido, Ph.D., executive director of The NYSPCC added:
“When I first met Vicky, I knew that we shared the same passion for helping children and families who have been impacted by child abuse and neglect. We are thrilled to have Vicky and her amazing foundation partner with us, and we’re honored to continue Chris’s steadfast dedication to the cause.”
Johnny Cash’s son John Carter Cash will be releasing a new album featuring his late father’s poems backed by music on April 6. That effort, which is titled “Johnny Cash: Forever Words“, will feature a number of guests including the late Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, etc.). Cornell’s contribution is a track called “You Never Knew My Mind,” which is a combination of two works, “You Never Knew My Mind” & “I Never Knew Your Mind.“ You can check that out below:
Vicky Cornell, the widow of Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, etc.), has revealed that she is joining the Advisory Board at the Addiction Policy Forum. Other members include: former drug czar general Barry McCaffrey and former members of Congress Alan Mollohan and Frank Guinta.
“I’ve learned a lot since losing Chris, including the fact that addiction is a brain disease — a disease that is both preventable and treatable. While I can’t bring my husband back, I can help the millions of other families struggling with addiction and I hope we can prevent this horrific experience from happening to others.”
Addiction Policy Forum president and CEO Jessica Hulsey Nickel added:
“We feel incredibly fortunate that Vicky is joining our Advisory Board. Addiction is a disease that does not discriminate and Vicky has seen first-hand how addiction impacts families.”
As a member Vicky will be supporting the following strategic priorities:
* The Addiction Resource Center is an online portal to help patients with a substance use disorder. This new platform includes reliable, evidence-based information about resources at the local level.
* Research to Find a Cure. The Addiction Science Initiative: Advancing Treatment and Recovery, is a partnership with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and community partners such as Faces and Voices of Recovery. The initiative will raise money to support research and development around treatment and recovery from substance use disorders, including opioid use disorder.
* A national crisis line. The crisis hotline will connect patients and families to available treatment, recovery and prevention services in the community. The service will be administered by social workers experienced in evaluating substance use disorders, and is expected to launch in April.
* Children Impacted by Addiction. Over nine million children in the U.S. are impacted by parental substance use disorder. These children are at an increased risk for depression, suicide, poverty, delinquency, homelessness, and addiction. APF is launching a joint initiative with the National Association for Children of Addiction (NACoA) to ensure evidence-based interventions and support for our most vulnerable children nationwide.
* Medical Education Initiative. The program will further the education of healthcare providers about the identification and treatment of SUDs. Few medical specialties have comprehensive training and tools available for their clinicians to underhand addiction and only eight percent of U.S. medical schools have a separate required course on addiction. This initiative will work with medical specialty areas, such as primary practice, as well as medical schools and other key clinicians to provide the training and tools doctors need.
In other news, Vicky also recently discussed her husband’s tragic death on ABC’s “Good Morning America”:
It was previously revealed that the late Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, etc.) would be featured on the “Johnny Cash Forever Words: The Music“ album that Johnny Cash’s son John Carter Cash put together. That effort features a collection of Johnny Cash’s poems backed by music, including “You Never Knew My Mind,” which Cornell guested on. The effort will be available on April 6, and a new trailer for it can be seen below: