Brad Pitt and Peter Berg to Develop Chris Cornell Documentary

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Chris Cornell, the grunge rock star who died of suicide in May 2017 at age 52, is getting a documentary based on his life.

Brad Pitt and Peter Berg via Berg’s Film 45, are producing a documentary on the Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple of the Dog frontman, and Berg (“Deepwater Horizon,” “Lone Survivor”) will also direct, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap. They did not provide any additional comment.

Representatives for Cornell’s estate did not immediately respond for comment.

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Cornell was honored with a tribute concert called “I Am the Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell” in Los Angeles in January, which featured performances by his Soundgarden and Audioslave bandmates, as well as his contemporaries from Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters and others including Miley Cyrus, Metallica, Fiona Apple, Brandi Carlile and Chris Stapleton. Pitt was also in attendance at the concert.

Cornell was born in Seattle and founded Soundgarden in 1984, the band that was known as one of the preeminent grunge rock acts in the early 1990s. After the band broke up in 1997, Cornell formed Audioslave with the former members of Rage Against the Machine, and he also performed solo. Cornell was part of the grunge supergroup Temple of the Dog, which featured members of Pearl Jam.

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Cornell won three Grammys in his career and was nominated for 16. He also was nominated for a Golden Globe for a song he wrote for the film “Machine Gun Preacher,” and he wrote the theme song for the James Bond movie “Casino Royale.”

Berg is next directing the crime drama and mystery “Wonderland,” reuniting him with Mark Wahlberg for their fifth film together.

Variety was first to report.

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Chris Cornell’s Widow Files Negligence Lawsuit Against His Doctor

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The widow of Soundgarden and Audioslave singer Chris Cornell, who took his own life in May 2017 at age 52, has filed a lawsuit against the musician’s doctor, alleging that the doctor was negligent in prescribing a drug to Cornell that ultimately led to his suicide.

In court papers filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Vicky Cornell accuses Robert Koblin, M.D., of “negligently and repeatedly prescribing dangerous mind-altering controlled substances to Chris Cornell which impaired Mr. Cornell’s cognition, clouded his judgment and caused him to engage in dangerous impulsive behaviors that he was unable to control, costing him his life. At the time of his death, Mr. Cornell had everything to live for and was planning a future of recordings, performances and continued work as a charitable activist.”

According to the suit, Koblin began prescribing Cornell, who had a “well-known history of past substance abuse and chemical dependency,” lorazepam beginning in 2015, despite the fact that the anti-anxiety drug, which has a brand name of Ativan, “is a controlled substance and a benzodiazepine well-known for its risk of addiction and the worsening of substance abuse issues with protracted unmonitored use.”

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Specifically, the suit cites the FDA as saying that addiction-prone individuals “should be under careful surveillance” when receiving lorazepam and that adverse reactions include “suicidal ideation/attempt.”

The suit says that Cornell was prescribed more than 940 doses of the drug, and also various doses of oxycodone.

“Yet, at no time during this period did Dr. Koblin conduct a medical examination of Mr. Cornell, perform any laboratory studies, obtain an interim history or do any type of clinical assessment of Mr. Cornell,” the suit reads. “He did not even physically see or speak to Mr. Cornell during this period.”

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Koblin’s office had no comment on the suit when contacted by TheWrap on Thursday.

“In someone with a history of substance abuse and/or an addictive disorder like Mr. Cornell, lorazepam was known to increase the risk of suicide by severely impairing judgment and rational thinking and by lessening impulse control,” the suit reads. “As a consequence of the wrongdoing alleged herein, the world lost a musical icon and the Cornell family lost a beloved father and husband.”

Alleging negligence, willful misconduct and other counts, the suit seeks unspecified damages.

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Cornell was found dead in a Detroit hotel room following a Soundgarden concert on Thursday. The cause of death was ruled suicide by hanging.

In her own statement issued after Cornell’s death, Vicky Cornell said she was blindsided by the news. “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 evolved around his family first and of course, his music, second. He flew home for Mother’s Day to spend time with our family.”

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

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Jared Leto is multitasking when it comes to paying tribute to recently deceased musical icons.

Leto and his band 30 Seconds to Mars did their part to honor Chris Cornell, Prince, David Bowie, Chester Bennington and other dead musicians during a performance recorded in the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge and published online Thursday.

The medley kicks off with Leto singing “Purple Rain,” the signature track by Prince, who died at age 57 last year from an overdose of the opioid fentanyl, before sliding into the Bowie song “Heroes.”

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Leto’s mashup also touches on the George Michael song “Freedom,” as well as the Linkin Park hit “Crawling” and the Soundgarden track “Black Hole Sun.”

Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington died as a result of hanging himself at age 41 in July, while Bennington’s friend, Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, died at age 52 in May, also after hanging himself.

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Watch Leto’s performance in the video, and make sure to share your thoughts in the comments section.

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Linkin Park was scheduled to perform at Central Park as part of the “Good Morning America’s” Summer Concert series, but due to lead singer Chester Bennington’s death, Chris Cornell’s daughter took its place.

Toni Cornell, 12, was joined by OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder on Friday to perform a tribute to the Linkin Park frontman and her father, which brought the audience to tears.

The duo performed the classic song “Hallelujah,” a throwback to when Bennington, who was very close with Cornell, sang it as his funeral.

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“Chester sang this at Chris’ funeral, and this is arguably one of the greatest songs written in the last 50 years,” Tedder said. “It’s a very special song to us, and I think to most people and especially to Toni as well.”

“It’s an honor to perform this for my dad and Chester and to sing for them,” Toni Cornell said.

Bennington was found dead in his home in July 20 at the age of 41. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office ruled it a suicide.

July 20 was Cornell’s birthday.

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Bennington was good friends with Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, who was found dead in May. His death was also ruled a suicide.

Toni and her sister, 17-year-old Lillian Jean, penned letters to their father after his death.

“Daddy, Let me start by saying how much I love you and how much you mean to me,” Toni wrote.  “You are my idol, someone I’ve always looked up to. You were always there for me. You pushed me forward every day, and you still do.”

Watch the full performance above.

If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741.

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