According to lawyer Kirk Pasich, Cornell had a prescription for the anti-anxiety drug Ativan, which he said has various side effects.
“When we spoke after the show, I noticed he was slurring his words; he was different”, Vicky Cornell said.
An official says the results of a full autopsy and toxicology tests in the death of Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell could take days before they are completed and released. Kirsten then called hotel security, who told the bodyguard that they could not let him in the room because he wasn’t authorized to enter it.
Cornell’s family has termed suicide ruling as “disturbing” and is hoping that further medical reports will throw more light on what exactly caused Chris Cornell’s death. “I know that he loved our children and he would not hurt them by intentionally taking his own life”, she said. The Inquisitr reported that Cornell was described as acting strangely at the Fox Theatre show on Wednesday night, forgetting lyrics to his band’s most famous songs and lacking energy for most of Soundgarden’s performance.
In a statement, Cornell’s wife said the family believes that if he did take his life, “he did not know what he was doing, and that drugs or other substances may have affected his actions”.
Cornell, who had a vocal range of almost four octaves, was one of the most versatile singers in grunge, the subgenre that blended the rough edges of punk with dark introspection. He also found success outside the band with other projects, including Audioslave, Temple of the Dog, and solo albums.
The medical examiner in Detroit said Cornell hanged himself. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and the entire music community.
Detroit police received a 911 call just after midnight on Wednesday from a family friend who found Chris unresponsive on the bathroom, police spokesman Michael Woody told the Detroit Free Press.
The city’s Space Needle went dark at 9 p.m. for an hour in tribute to Cornell.
“It’s an open and active investigation still”, Woody said Thursday afternoon, noting investigators don’t have the autopsy report yet. In addition, the city’s KEXP radio station announced that they would be playing songs by Cornell all day long in what has become a sadly familiar ritual for a town that has lost so numerous leading lights of the 1990s grunge rock scene.
A representative for Cornell, Brian Bumbery, said in a statement to the Associated Press that the death was “sudden and unexpected”.