Chris Cornell‘s (Soundgarden, etc.) widow Vicky Cornell was recently interviewed by People about her husband’s death. During the chat, she reiterated the fact that the prescription drugs in his system likely led to his suicide, due to impaired judgement. She also said the following : “My Chris was happy, loving, caring and warm. This was not a depressed man—it wasn’t like I missed that. What I missed were the signs of addiction.” She further said: “He didn’t want to die. If he was of sound mind, I know he wouldn’t have done this,” and that “Addiction is a disease” that “can take over you and has full power.” You can read the full interview at People.
According to TMZ, Chris Cornell’s (Soundgarden, etc.) toxicology report has confirmed that he had the following prescription drugs in his system at the time of his death: Naloxone (Narcan), Butalbital (sedative), Lorazepam (Ativan), Pseudoephedrine (decongestant) and barbiturates. Notably, the report said he had taken four 1 mg Lorazepam pills, which was the drug that his family believe impaired his thought.
Cornell‘s widow Vicky said the following:
“Many of us who know Chris well, noticed that he wasn’t himself during his final hours and that something was very off. We have learned from this report that several substances were found in his system. After so many years of sobriety, this moment of terrible judgement seems to have completely impaired and altered his state of mind.
Something clearly went terribly wrong and my children and I are heartbroken and are devastated that this moment can never be taken back. We very much appreciate all of the love we have received during this extremely difficult time and are dedicated to helping others in preventing this type of tragedy.”
In other news, Vicky also posted a new letter on Chris Cornell’s Facebook, which you read below:
I met you on a starry Paris night at Hotel Plaza Athenee after we were called to arrange Audioslave’s under the radar after show party for the following night. I remember being introduced to you and how your eyes pierced through me.
You had the show the next day, and I did not attend. I met up with everyone at your after party, and when you realized I wasn’t at the show, you dryly asked, “Well, where were you… out having a sandwich?” A bunch of us sat, and I recall you ordering foie gras and me asking if you were sure you knew what you were ordering. You always had such elegant taste.
A friend asked who was the most beautiful girl at L’Avenue, and you got up in front of everyone, looked all around, came back, and you pointed at me. We talked that night until the sun came up, and it was time for you to leave for the next city. You called me the very next day, and 3 days, later we found ourselves together in London.
I remember how you ran in, fearful I had left because you were late from Zane Lowe’s show, and you were meeting me for tea time. At the time, I thought I needed to be careful and tried to distance my heart from falling in love with you… but you didn’t let that happen, and you zigzagged back and forth across the world to visit me. You were permanently jet-lagged because you couldn’t bear our time away from each other.
I finally came to visit you in New York on the 2003 Lollapalooza tour and threw your 39th birthday party. A few weeks later, I was on Mykonos, and you were still on Lollapalooza singing to me over the phone, “oh sweet Ms Vicky, won’t you come and marry me.”
I didn’t know what to think other than I loved you, and I was all in.
I flew to LA with my mom the day before my birthday in August. You gave me the most beautiful surprises from flowers, candles, and balloons everywhere to wrapped boxes of all shapes and sizes like it was Christmas. You made me feel like a princess.
You moved into the Beverly Hills Hotel because I was staying there. You woke up one morning doing flips on the bed. You asked me to come sit with you, and you said you had to take your necklace back. I thought, “No… why?” but you proceeded to cut it off and take the silver ring that was on it and said, “I woke up and I had the strangest vision of doing this. I’m not prepared with the real ring, but I want to marry you.” The ring fit perfectly, and while you surprised me with a Harry Winston several weeks later, I could not bear to take it off, and I used it as my wedding band. The two always represented how different you and I were but how perfectly we fit together.
I remember doing the civil wedding and how you cried. I had never met such a sensitive and special man.
We had our beautiful babies, and you were convinced we were soulmates, and that you had been looking for me. I’m so happy you found me. I’m so happy for the nearly 14 and a half years we spent together. We did everything together, literally, everything. You were my best friend, and when I wasn’t out on tour, we were on the phone at least 4 hours a day.
You were the best father, husband, and son-in-law to my parents. Your patience, empathy, and love always shone through.
You had always said I saved you. 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 can 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 am 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,
Photo: I miss the way you look at me. Athens, April 2017.
When the Wayne County Medical Examiner officially ruled Chris Cornell’s (Soundgarden) death as a “suicide by hanging,” his widow Vicky and family attorney Kirk Pasich disputed the findings saying the prescription drug Ativan, or something else, could have contributed. Now the two have issued another statement, which you can read below courtesy of Rolling Stone.
““Based on information provided by personnel from the City of Detroit Police Department (DPD) Homicide Section, it is our understanding that this matter is an open investigation. As such they believe that the release of any information at this time, including the records identified in your request, would compromise and/or interfere with their investigation.”
Mr. Pasich confirmed the family has not yet seen any of the police or toxicology reports, noting that the family remains mystified that the medical examiner announced a cause of death when the full autopsy report has not been completed.
Given the information above, Mr. Pasich said that the family hopes there will be an end to speculation about the cause of Mr. Cornell’s death while the family awaits the definitive and complete reports. Vicky Cornell, the late star’s widow, said, “We are grateful for the outpouring of support as we mourn Chris’ passing, but we still have several unanswered questions about what led to his death. We believe the toxicology report will answer these questions.”
Chris Cornell’s brother Peter has shared a tribute he wrote for the late Soundgarden, etc. frontman. You can see what he had to say below.
It’s been difficult to put words together. My heart is broken. Chris was always just my brother. We just “were”. No pretense. No dog and pony show. We didn’t have to get deep all the time. Sometimes we only needed to just be in the same room and just be present. That was enough.
It wasn’t until this week, it really hit me how he belonged to the world. That he is an icon and a legend. That being said, I am so sorry to YOU for your loss. Artists, actors, musicians. We rely on these people to lift us up. To inspire us and distract us in times of trouble. Chris protected us when we needed him to. His one of a kind-ness surrounded us like a suit of armor. He was a warrior and a wizard. A howling wolf and a trusted mentor.
My brother gave freely of his gifts and it was never a struggle. He kept himself from the saturation of celebrity in such a humble way. The power and anger and passion of my brother’s music was always genuine, original and legitimate. He was the powerful, sensitive, fragile, angry, mystical creature that will exist forever in his body of work. And he did it for ALL of us. Giving it away. Leaving all on the stage or in the recordings that will keep him immortal.
I will never wrap my head around his passing. I’ve been in shock since I heard the news. I can’t and won’t let him go.
Please know, with all the humility I can muster from the depths of a pulverized heart, I THANK EACH OF YOU for your kindness and condolences. THANK YOU for finding me through YOUR tears.
Hold your brothers close.
The first time and the last time we were together.”
Chris Cornell’s (Soundgarden, etc.) funeral was held at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA today (May 26). The private service was attended by numerous musicians including his Soundgarden bandmates Kim Thayil and Matt Cameron, his Audioslave bandmate Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine). Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana), Krist Novoselic (Nirvana), Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction), James Hetfield (Metallica), Lars Ulrich (Metallica), Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction), Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains), Richard Patrick (Filter), Gavin Rossdale (Bush), Joe Walsh (Eagles), Courtney Love, Jeff Ament (Pearl Jam), Billy Idol, Chester Bennington (Linkin Park), Brad Delson (Linkin Park) and more. Hollywood actors Brad Pitt, Josh Brolin, Christian Bale, James Franco, etc. were also in attendance. Morello, Ament, Cameron, Thayil, and Brolin were among those who gave gave eulogies, while Bennington and Delson performed “Hallelujah.” Pictures can be found over at TMZ and Daily Mail. R.I.P.
Chris Cornell’s wife Vicky has shared an open letter she wrote for her late husband, via Billboard. You can read that below.
“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,
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.
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.”