Chris Cornell’s Wife Vicky Pens Open Letter To Her Late Husband

Chris Cornell’s wife Vicky has shared an open letter she wrote for her late husband, via Billboard. You can read that below.

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Vicky’s Letter:

“To My Sweet Christopher,

You were the best father, husband and son-in-law. Your patience, empathy and love always showed through.

You had always said I saved you, that you wouldn’t be alive if it were not for me. My heart gleamed to see you happy, living and motivated. Excited for life. Doing everything you could to give back. We had the time of our lives in the last decade and I’m sorry, my sweet love, that I did not see what happened to you that night. I’m sorry you were alone, and I know that was not you, my sweet Christopher. Your children know that too, so you can rest in peace.

I’m broken, but I will stand up for you and I will take care of our beautiful babies. I will think of you every minute of every day and I will fight for you. You were right when you said we are soulmates. It has been said that paths that have crossed will cross again, and I know that you will come find me, and I will be here waiting.

I love you more than anyone has ever loved anyone in the history of loving and more than anyone ever will.

Always and forever,

Your Vicky“

Cornell’s body was found in his hotel room at the MGM Grand Casino Hotel while he was on tour in Detroit, MI. He was 52. R.I.P.

Chris Cornell Reportedly Set To Be Laid To Rest In Los Angeles, CA This Week, Matt Cameron & Mike McCready Comment On His Passing

According to CNN, Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell is expected to be buried at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA on May 26. The article also says that the family are thinking about doing a public memorial as well.

In other news Cornell’s Soundgarden bandmate Matt Cameron has commented on his death:

“My dark knight is gone. Thank you for the incredible outpouring of kindness and love.”

Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready, who performed with Cornell in Temple of the Dog also issued a statement to the Seattle Times:

“Chris Cornell painted in song the darkness and beauty of life in Seattle. Chris means a lot to me today, as he trusted me to play on Temple. He handed me a dream in getting to actually play on beautiful songs. Informed how I would play on Pearl Jam records in the future, I believe. Gave me the break into the music business I’d wanted since I was 11. He was a friend I will miss. I miss you, brother.”

Police Report On Chris Cornell’s Death Offers Timeline On His Passing

Some more information regarding the timeline of events leading up to Chris Cornell’s death has been revealed via a police report obtained by Detroit News. According to the report, Soundgarden finished their May 17 show in Detroit MI, and shortly after that Cornell’s bodyguard Martin Kirsten gave the frontman two Ativan pills for his anxiety, and tried to help him fix his computer at 11:30PM. Then Cornell talked to his wife Vicky at about 11:35PM, and during the conversation he sounded “groggy” and kept saying he was “just tired.” After that, she could not get ahold of her husband so she called Kirsten at around 12:15AM on May 18. Kirsten then went to check on Cornell and busted open the two locked doors to his room at the MGM Grand Detroit. Once inside, Kirsten found him slumped on the bathroom floor with a red exercise band, which he used to hang himself, around his neck. The medic arrived at 12:56AM, followed by EMS who tried to perform CPR. The singer was then pronounced dead at 1:30AM. As previously reported, Vicky believes the Ativan played a role in his death.

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Chris Cornell’s Widow & Lawyer Believe Prescription Drug Ativan May Have Contributed To His Death

Yesterday the Wayne County Medical Examiner officially ruled Chris Cornell’s (Soundgarden) death as a “suicide by hanging,” but his widow Vicky and family attorney Kirk Pasich are disputing the findings saying the prescription drug Ativan could have contributed. Cornell was taking the drug for anxiety, and may have took more than recommended leading to impaired thought.

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Pasich commented:

“Without the results of toxicology tests, we do not know what was going on with Chris — or if any substances contributed to his demise. Chris, a recovering addict, had a prescription for Ativan and may have taken more Ativan than recommended dosages. 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.”

Vicky also commented:

“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. He flew out mid-day Wednesday, the day of the show, after spending time with the children. When we spoke before the show, we discussed plans for a vacation over Memorial Day and other things we wanted to do. 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.”

“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 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.”

Cornell’s body was found in his hotel room at the MGM Grand Casino Hotel while he was on tour in Detroit, MI. He was 52. R.I.P.

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Chris Cornell’s Death Officially Ruled “Suicide By Hanging”

According to The Associated Press, The Wayne County Medical Examiner has officially ruled Chris Cornell’s (Soundgarden) death as a “suicide by hanging.” Cornell’s body was found in his hotel room at the MGM Grand Casino Hotel while he was on tour in Detroit, MI. He was 52. R.I.P.

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Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell Dead At 52

UPDATE: Cornell’s death is now confirmed to be a result of “suicide by hanging.”

Original Story:

Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell has tragically passed away at the age of 52. Cornell’s body was found in his hotel room at the MGM Grand Casino Hotel while he was on tour in Detroit, MI. His death is being investigated as a possible suicide. R.I.P.

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Cornell’s publicist Brian Bumbery told Associated Press the following:

“His wife Vicky and family were shocked to learn of his sudden and unexpected passing, and they will be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause. They would like to thank his fans for their continuous love and loyalty and ask that their privacy be respected at this time.”

A representative for the Detroit Police also issued a statement to Variety:

“At 12 a.m. [local time], we received a 911 call from the MGM Grand Casino Hotel. It appears as though a family friend was checking up on Cornell at his wife’s request. He went to hotel and discovered him unresponsive on the bathroom floor. Police made the location with EMS, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

At present our investigation is leaning toward the possibility of suicide, but we must wait for a medical report to determine the cause of death. At this time we cannot release too much information about what we observed in Cornell’s hotel room or what led us to this conclusion.”

Footage of his final live appearance at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, MI last night (May 17) is available below:

Soundgarden Announce Spring 2017 Tour

Soundgarden have announced a spring headlining tour. The Pretty Reckless and The Dillinger Escape Plan will serve as support on select dates.

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Tour Dates:

04/28 Tampa, FL – WXTV Rockfest
04/29 Jacksonville, FL – Welcome To Rockville
04/30 Ft Myers, FL – Fort Rock Festival
05/03 Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre
05/05 Concord, NC – Carolina Rebellion
05/06 Tuscaloosa, AL – Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre
05/07 Memphis, TN – Beale Street Music Festival
05/10 Indianapolis, IN – Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn
05/12 Council Bluffs, IA – KIWR Rockfest
05/13 Somerset, WI – Northern Invasion
05/14 Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre
05/17 Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre
05/19 Columbus, OH – Rock on the Range
05/20 Maryland Heights, MO – KPNT Pointfest
05/22 Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
05/25 Houston, TX – Revention Music Center
05/26 Dallas, TX – Bomb Factory
05/27 Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma