Family of musician Chris Cornell disputes he killed himself

Brunilde Fioravanti
Mag 20, 2017

The Cornell family released a statement on Friday, noting that they are "disturbed" at reports the Soundgarden frontman, 52, "intentionally and knowingly" committed suicide. "Without the results of toxicology tests, we do not know what was going on with Chris - or if any substances contributed to his demise", Pasich said.

The 52-year-old tragically took his own life on Wednesday evening, having performed at The Fox Theatre in Detroit. The Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed that his death was "determined as suicide by hanging", but the full autopsy report has not yet been completed. Police also confirm two Detroit newspapers the singer was found with a band around his neck.

Anyone who has seen the photos knows them immediately: Black and white, blurred with motion, the light trailing past the bodies, all of which are sweaty, and in Chris Cornell's case, naked from the torso up.

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

In a statement issued by the group to CNN, it was announced that Mrs. Karayiannis was traumatized by the passing of her spouse.

Asked about his past addictions, Mr Cornell often remarked that drug problems were overlooked among non-famous people.

In a 1994 Rolling Stone article, he described himself as a "daily drug user at 13, " who had quit by the time he had turned 14.

She said she then called the front desk of Cornell's Detroit hotel for someone to check on him when she became concerned.

In a past interview Cornell beamed over his wife saying: "When I met my wife Vicky's family, I had to go out of my way to convince them - to show them - that I wasn't anything like their idea of a musician".

Soundgarden's current tour kicked off in late April and was planned to run through May 27. "There was about two years where I was more or less agoraphobic and didn't deal with anybody, didn't talk to anybody, didn't have any friends at all".

Besides Soundgarden, Cornell founded the early grunge band Temple Of The Dog and sang with Audioslave - a supergroup with members of Rage Against the Machine.

After silencing a heckler (who possibly didn't understand Mustaine's announcement about Cornell), he continued: "We have lost one of the most attractive voices in rock history, and I don't even know what to say other than that we're going to dedicate this next song to you, our friends in Tokyo, because we're here with you and we want to celebrate Chris' life".

Cornell was a leader of the grunge movement with Seattle-based Soundgarden, with whom he gained critical and commercial acclaim.

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