Chris Cornell’s Widow Files Negligence Lawsuit Against His Doctor

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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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.”

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.”

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.

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 Channels Chris Cornell, Chester Bennington, Prince in Tribute Medley (Video)

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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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.”

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.

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

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Chris Cornell’s Widow Responds to Toxicology Report Results: ‘Something Went Terribly Wrong’

After Chris Cornell’s toxicology report was released on Friday, the Soundgarden singer’s widow, Vicky, issued a statement in response to the results.

“We have learned from this report that several substances were found in his system,” she told People. “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.”

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The report, which was first obtained by TMZ, confirmed the presence of prescription drugs in the singer’s system at the time of his death last month. Prior to receiving these results, Cornell’s family had expressed doubt about whether or not his death by hanging was precipitated by prescription drugs. Their attorney Kirk Pasich said they were “mystified” that the medical examiner announced the cause of death as suicide before the toxicology results were released.

Cornell’s widow went on to say Friday that “many of us who know Chris well, noticed that he wasn’t himself during his final hours and that something was very off.

“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,” she added.

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Cornell was found dead in a Detroit, Michigan, hotel room on May 17, several hours following a performance.

His death was ruled a suicide by hanging. The powerhouse vocalist of Soundgarden, Audioslave, and Temple of the Dog fame was 52. A private funeral was held on May 26 at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

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After Chris Cornell’s toxicology report was released on Friday, the Soundgarden singer’s widow, Vicky, issued a statement in response to the results.

“We have learned from this report that several substances were found in his system,” she told People. “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.”

The report, which was first obtained by TMZ, confirmed the presence of prescription drugs in the singer’s system at the time of his death last month. Prior to receiving these results, Cornell’s family had expressed doubt about whether or not his death by hanging was precipitated by prescription drugs. Their attorney Kirk Pasich said they were “mystified” that the medical examiner announced the cause of death as suicide before the toxicology results were released.

Cornell’s widow went on to say Friday that “many of us who know Chris well, noticed that he wasn’t himself during his final hours and that something was very off.

“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,” she added.

Cornell was found dead in a Detroit, Michigan, hotel room on May 17, several hours following a performance.

His death was ruled a suicide by hanging. The powerhouse vocalist of Soundgarden, Audioslave, and Temple of the Dog fame was 52. A private funeral was held on May 26 at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

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Chris Cornell’s Family Is ‘Mystified’ by Medical Examiner’s Suicide Announcement, Still Has ‘Unanswered Questions’

Two weeks after Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell’s death, the musician’s family is still looking for answers about the circumstances surrounding his death — and is “mystified” that the medical examiner deemed Cornell’s demise a suicide so soon after his body was found.

In a statement issued Thursday, the Cornell family’s attorney, Kirk Pasich, said that the City of Detroit Law Department had denied a Freedom of Information Act request he made for reports relating to his death at age 52.

“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,” the department said, according to Pasich.

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Pasich also confirmed that Cornell’s family has not yet seen the police or toxicology reports relating to Cornell’s death, and “remains mystified” that the medical examiner announced a cause of death when the full autopsy report has not been completed.

In her own statement, Cornell’s widow Vicky said that the family still has “several unanswered questions,” which they believe the toxicology report will answer.

“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,” Vicky Cornell said. “We believe the toxicology report will answer these questions.”

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Cornell’s body was found in his hotel room at the MGM Grand in Detroit, Michigan, shortly after Soundgarden’s May 17 performance at Detroit’s Fox Theatre. Shortly thereafter, the Wayne County medical examiner said that the rocker had died from suicide by hanging.

In a May 19 statement, Cornell’s family questioned whether his death by hanging was intentional and if “substances contributed to his demise.”

“Without the results of toxicology tests, we do not know what was going on with Chris,” Pasich said at the time. “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.”

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Two weeks after Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell’s death, the musician’s family is still looking for answers about the circumstances surrounding his death — and is “mystified” that the medical examiner deemed Cornell’s demise a suicide so soon after his body was found.

In a statement issued Thursday, the Cornell family’s attorney, Kirk Pasich, said that the City of Detroit Law Department had denied a Freedom of Information Act request he made for reports relating to his death at age 52.

“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,” the department said, according to Pasich.

Pasich also confirmed that Cornell’s family has not yet seen the police or toxicology reports relating to Cornell’s death, and “remains mystified” that the medical examiner announced a cause of death when the full autopsy report has not been completed.

In her own statement, Cornell’s widow Vicky said that the family still has “several unanswered questions,” which they believe the toxicology report will answer.

“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,” Vicky Cornell said. “We believe the toxicology report will answer these questions.”

Cornell’s body was found in his hotel room at the MGM Grand in Detroit, Michigan, shortly after Soundgarden’s May 17 performance at Detroit’s Fox Theatre. Shortly thereafter, the Wayne County medical examiner said that the rocker had died from suicide by hanging.

In a May 19 statement, Cornell’s family questioned whether his death by hanging was intentional and if “substances contributed to his demise.”

“Without the results of toxicology tests, we do not know what was going on with Chris,” Pasich said at the time. “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.”

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Chris Cornell’s Wife Writes Letter to Late Singer: ‘I’m Broken, But I Will Stand Up for You’

Vicky Cornell, the wife of late grunge star Chris Cornell, poured out her emotions in an open letter posted to Billboard on Wednesday.

In the message, she expressed her grief over her husband’s untimely death and her resolve to fight for his memory.

The Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman was found dead at age 52 in a Detroit, Michigan, hotel room on May 17, just hours after performing in the Motor City.

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Having been married since 2004, Vicky Cornell opened her letter by saying, “You were the best father, husband and son-in-law. Your patience, empathy and love always showed through,” and concluded with, “I love you more than anyone has ever loved anyone in the history of loving and more than anyone ever will.”

Cornell’s family had expressed doubts about the details of the singer’s death. A medical examiner ruled it a suicide by hanging, but his family has questioned whether or not his death was intentional or if “substances contributed to his demise.”

According to the Cornell family’s attorney, “Without the results of toxicology tests, we do not know what was going on with Chris.” The family is still awaiting toxicology results.

You can read Vicky’s letter in its entirety here.

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Vicky Cornell, the wife of late grunge star Chris Cornell, poured out her emotions in an open letter posted to Billboard on Wednesday.

In the message, she expressed her grief over her husband’s untimely death and her resolve to fight for his memory.

The Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman was found dead at age 52 in a Detroit, Michigan, hotel room on May 17, just hours after performing in the Motor City.

Having been married since 2004, Vicky Cornell opened her letter by saying, “You were the best father, husband and son-in-law. Your patience, empathy and love always showed through,” and concluded with, “I love you more than anyone has ever loved anyone in the history of loving and more than anyone ever will.”

Cornell’s family had expressed doubts about the details of the singer’s death. A medical examiner ruled it a suicide by hanging, but his family has questioned whether or not his death was intentional or if “substances contributed to his demise.”

According to the Cornell family’s attorney, “Without the results of toxicology tests, we do not know what was going on with Chris.” The family is still awaiting toxicology results.

You can read Vicky’s letter in its entirety here.

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U2 Honor ‘Lion’ Chris Cornell With ‘Running to Stand Still’ (Video)

When the lights went down at the Rose Bowl before U2’s performance Saturday night, it wasn’t for the band: It was so the speakers could blast Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” in tribute to Chris Cornell — and tens of thousands of U2 fans could sing along.

Later in the show, Bono called the late singer of Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog and Audioslave a “lion,” and “beautiful, sweet soul.” He extended U2’s love to his “lioness” — Cornell’s widow Vicky — and their children. And then the band went into “Running to Stand Still,” their delicate, crushing ballad about the torrents of addiction.

It was one of the most devastating moments of a very emotional show. Fans held up their cell phones — in the old days of U2 they still used lighters — and sang along quietly with the lines: “You got to cry without weeping / Talk without speaking…”

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And then, as if everyone remembered Cornell the lion’s roar at the same time, the crowd’s volume rose with the next line: “Scream without raising your voice…”

Cornell hanged himself in a Detroit hotel room after a Soundgarden concert. He was a recovering addict, and his family questioned whether his use of Ativan, a prescription anxiety drug sometimes employed to fight addiction, might have contributed to his death.

U2’s new tour marks the 30th anniversary of the band’s album “The Joshua Tree.” The tour began May 12 in Vancouver and continued to Cornell’s hometown, Seattle, where on May 14 U2 were joined onstage by Eddie Vedder, the Pearl Jam singer and Cornell’s bandmate in Temple of the Dog.

That band was formed to honor Cornell’s former roommate, Mother Love Bone singer Andrew Wood, who died of a heroin overdose on in 1990.

Cornell died on May 18.

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Later in the show, Bono called the late singer of Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog and Audioslave a “lion,” and “beautiful, sweet soul.” He extended U2’s love to his “lioness” — Cornell’s widow Vicky — and their children. And then the band went into “Running to Stand Still,” their delicate, crushing ballad about the torrents of addiction.

It was one of the most devastating moments of a very emotional show. Fans held up their cell phones — in the old days of U2 they still used lighters — and sang along quietly with the lines: “You got to cry without weeping / Talk without speaking…”

And then, as if everyone remembered Cornell the lion’s roar at the same time, the crowd’s volume rose with the next line: “Scream without raising your voice…”

Cornell hanged himself in a Detroit hotel room after a Soundgarden concert. He was a recovering addict, and his family questioned whether his use of Ativan, a prescription anxiety drug sometimes employed to fight addiction, might have contributed to his death.

U2’s new tour marks the 30th anniversary of the band’s album “The Joshua Tree.” The tour began May 12 in Vancouver and continued to Cornell’s hometown, Seattle, where on May 14 U2 were joined onstage by Eddie Vedder, the Pearl Jam singer and Cornell’s bandmate in Temple of the Dog.

That band was formed to honor Cornell’s former roommate, Mother Love Bone singer Andrew Wood, who died of a heroin overdose on in 1990.

Cornell died on May 18.

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Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell, who took his own life after a concert at Detroit’s Fox Theatre this week, seemed to be “really fighting” to get through the performance, according to a friend of the deceased vocalist.

Kevin Morris, a friend of Cornell’s who also used to roadie for Soundgarden and Cornell’s other band, Audioslave, told People that Cornell seemed to become “disoriented” early on in the Wednesday set.

“The whole performance you could tell something wasn’t right,” Morris said. “Into the second song he started getting disoriented or something. I just figured he wasn’t feeling well.”

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“Everybody felt there was something going on,” Morris added. “Like he wasn’t with us. Like he was on a cloud. It was like he was really fighting to get through the show.”

Cornell was found dead at age 52 after a Soundgarden performance at Detroit’s Fox Theatre. The Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office later determined that he had died from suicide by hanging.

According to a police report obtained by Detroit News, Cornell repeatedly told his wife “I am just tired” in his last phone conversation with her before taking his own life.

Cornell’s wife Vicky requested that the singer’s bodyguard check on him after talking to the “groggy” musician, according to a police report obtained by the Detroit News.

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The bodyguard, Martin Kirsten, arrived at Cornell’s suite at the MGM Grand Hotel in Detroit, Michigan, just after midnight on Thursday to find the door locked, according to the report. After kicking in the door, as well as a second door, Kirsten found the singer slumped on the floor of the bathroom with “blood running from his mouth an a red exercise band around (his) neck,” the report said.

On Friday, Cornell’s family issued a statement suggesting that a medication the musician was on might have “contributed to his demise.”

“Without the results of toxicology tests, we do not know what was going on with Chris,” Kirk Pasich, an attorney for the Cornell family said. “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.”

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Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell, who took his own life after a concert at Detroit’s Fox Theatre this week, seemed to be “really fighting” to get through the performance, according to a friend of the deceased vocalist.

Kevin Morris, a friend of Cornell’s who also used to roadie for Soundgarden and Cornell’s other band, Audioslave, told People that Cornell seemed to become “disoriented” early on in the Wednesday set.

“The whole performance you could tell something wasn’t right,” Morris said. “Into the second song he started getting disoriented or something. I just figured he wasn’t feeling well.”

“Everybody felt there was something going on,” Morris added. “Like he wasn’t with us. Like he was on a cloud. It was like he was really fighting to get through the show.”

Cornell was found dead at age 52 after a Soundgarden performance at Detroit’s Fox Theatre. The Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office later determined that he had died from suicide by hanging.

According to a police report obtained by Detroit News, Cornell repeatedly told his wife “I am just tired” in his last phone conversation with her before taking his own life.

Cornell’s wife Vicky requested that the singer’s bodyguard check on him after talking to the “groggy” musician, according to a police report obtained by the Detroit News.

The bodyguard, Martin Kirsten, arrived at Cornell’s suite at the MGM Grand Hotel in Detroit, Michigan, just after midnight on Thursday to find the door locked, according to the report. After kicking in the door, as well as a second door, Kirsten found the singer slumped on the floor of the bathroom with “blood running from his mouth an a red exercise band around (his) neck,” the report said.

On Friday, Cornell’s family issued a statement suggesting that a medication the musician was on might have “contributed to his demise.”

“Without the results of toxicology tests, we do not know what was going on with Chris,” Kirk Pasich, an attorney for the Cornell family said. “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.”

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Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, who took his own life at age 52 this week, was honored with tributes at Columbus, Ohio’s Rock on the Range music festival, which Soundgarden was scheduled to perform at, on Friday.

The tribute included Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor taking the stage to play the Pink Floyd classic “Wish You Were Here,” followed by “Hunger Strike,” a song originally recorded by Cornell’s band, Temple of the Dog.

Cornell was further honored with a video montage, set to the tune of the Soundgarden song “Black Hole Sun,” with Cornell’s vocals isolated.

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Cornell was found dead at age 52 after a Soundgarden performance at Detroit’s Fox Theatre. The Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office later determined that he had died from suicide by hanging.

On Friday, Cornell’s family issued a statement suggesting that a medication the musician was on might have “contributed to his demise.”

“Without the results of toxicology tests, we do not know what was going on with Chris,” Kirk Pasich, an attorney for the Cornell family said. “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.”

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Pasich noted that some medical literature indicates that Ativan can cause paranoid or suicidal thoughts, slurred speech and impaired judgment.

In her own statement Friday, Cornell’s widow, 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.”

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Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, who took his own life at age 52 this week, was honored with tributes at Columbus, Ohio’s Rock on the Range music festival, which Soundgarden was scheduled to perform at, on Friday.

The tribute included Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor taking the stage to play the Pink Floyd classic “Wish You Were Here,” followed by “Hunger Strike,” a song originally recorded by Cornell’s band, Temple of the Dog.

Cornell was further honored with a video montage, set to the tune of the Soundgarden song “Black Hole Sun,” with Cornell’s vocals isolated.

Cornell was found dead at age 52 after a Soundgarden performance at Detroit’s Fox Theatre. The Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office later determined that he had died from suicide by hanging.

On Friday, Cornell’s family issued a statement suggesting that a medication the musician was on might have “contributed to his demise.”

“Without the results of toxicology tests, we do not know what was going on with Chris,” Kirk Pasich, an attorney for the Cornell family said. “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.”

Pasich noted that some medical literature indicates that Ativan can cause paranoid or suicidal thoughts, slurred speech and impaired judgment.

In her own statement Friday, Cornell’s widow, 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.”

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Deceased Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell repeatedly told his wife “I am just tired” in his last phone conversation with her before taking his own life.

Cornell’s wife Vicky requested that the singer’s bodyguard check on him after talking to the “groggy” musician, according to a police report obtained by the Detroit News.

The bodyguard, Martin Kirsten, arrived at Cornell’s suite at the MGM Grand Hotel in Detroit, Michigan, just after midnight on Thursday to find the door locked, according to the report. After kicking in the door, as well as a second door, Kirsten found the singer slumped on the floor of the bathroom with “blood running from his mouth an a red exercise band around (his) neck,” the report said.

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Cornell was found dead at age 52 after a Soundgarden performance at Detroit’s Fox Theatre. The Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office later determined that he had died from suicide by hanging.

On Friday, Cornell’s family issued a statement suggesting that a medication the musician was on might have “contributed to his demise.”

“Without the results of toxicology tests, we do not know what was going on with Chris,” Kirk Pasich, an attorney for the Cornell family said. “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.”

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Pasich noted that some medical literature indicates that Ativan can cause paranoid or suicidal thoughts, slurred speech and impaired judgment.

In her own statement Friday, Cornell’s widow, 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.”

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“He flew out mid-day Wednesday, the day of the show, after spending time with the children,” she continued. “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.”

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Deceased Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell repeatedly told his wife “I am just tired” in his last phone conversation with her before taking his own life.

Cornell’s wife Vicky requested that the singer’s bodyguard check on him after talking to the “groggy” musician, according to a police report obtained by the Detroit News.

The bodyguard, Martin Kirsten, arrived at Cornell’s suite at the MGM Grand Hotel in Detroit, Michigan, just after midnight on Thursday to find the door locked, according to the report. After kicking in the door, as well as a second door, Kirsten found the singer slumped on the floor of the bathroom with “blood running from his mouth an a red exercise band around (his) neck,” the report said.

Cornell was found dead at age 52 after a Soundgarden performance at Detroit’s Fox Theatre. The Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office later determined that he had died from suicide by hanging.

On Friday, Cornell’s family issued a statement suggesting that a medication the musician was on might have “contributed to his demise.”

“Without the results of toxicology tests, we do not know what was going on with Chris,” Kirk Pasich, an attorney for the Cornell family said. “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.”

Pasich noted that some medical literature indicates that Ativan can cause paranoid or suicidal thoughts, slurred speech and impaired judgment.

In her own statement Friday, Cornell’s widow, 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.”

“He flew out mid-day Wednesday, the day of the show, after spending time with the children,” she continued. “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.”

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Chris Cornell Cut Through to My Angsty Teen Self (Commentary)

With his long dark hair, infectious melodies and rage, Chris Cornell belted out the soundtrack to my teen years. His singular, powerful vocals bolted into the center of my still-developing cerebral cortex, which also absorbed other grunge giants gone too soon — Kurt Cobain and Layne Staley — with a similar voracious enthusiasm.

Maybe he first caught my attention because he was so striking physically. The blend of that with his contemplative charisma and, of course, his guttural vocals made him the hot one. The manliest of the bunch. And yes, I lusted after him in a way 1960s teens did the Beatles.

Aside from his raw sex appeal, however, Cornell was a force, a frontman who couldn’t be ignored. Soundgarden’s songs were catchy and brooding, with Cornell’s deep, grizzled voice giving the band its signature sound and propelling them to the pinnacle of 1990s popular music.

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I wasn’t tapped into the Seattle scene in its infancy. Like most, I was introduced to Cornell when 1991’s “Outshined” from Badmotorfinger started getting regular radio play. But the band really blew up with 1994’s Superunknown. And I was among the first to snap up the album, filled with hits “Black Hole Sun,” “Fell on Black Days,” “Spoonman,” and “The Day I Tried to Live.”

I didn’t think too hard beyond the fact that Soundgarden’s oft-sombre lyrics satisfied my teenage angst.

Black hole sun
Won’t you come
And wash away the rain
Black hole sun
Won’t you come
Won’t you come (won’t you come)

Does the rain represent Cornell’s tears in some way? Knowing now that he suffered through years of drug addiction, the fact that he made it to 52 feels like a grim, sad feat.

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I played my Superunknown CD over and over again — in my car, in my room, with intermittent tracks caught from the radio airwaves and on TV. I remember blasting it from my car at a bonfire party when I was 17. We couldn’t listen to it just once. “Play it again,” I recall friends demanding.

I’ll admit I lost touch with Cornell’s music once I moved on to indie rockers, like Pavement — along with a new appreciation for the earlier works of Neil Young, Brian Eno and late ’60s experimental sounds from the German band Can. I started to outgrow the grunge sound. In a way, he moved on, too — oscillating between a solo career and fronting Audioslave.

Memories of my teenage crush on Cornell came surging back when I learned of his death, sadly, ruled a suicide. I am grateful he brought a sense of depth, pleasure and passion to my high school years. Without him, the ’90s wouldn’t have been nearly as memorable.

Play it again.

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With his long dark hair, infectious melodies and rage, Chris Cornell belted out the soundtrack to my teen years. His singular, powerful vocals bolted into the center of my still-developing cerebral cortex, which also absorbed other grunge giants gone too soon — Kurt Cobain and Layne Staley — with a similar voracious enthusiasm.

Maybe he first caught my attention because he was so striking physically. The blend of that with his contemplative charisma and, of course, his guttural vocals made him the hot one. The manliest of the bunch. And yes, I lusted after him in a way 1960s teens did the Beatles.

Aside from his raw sex appeal, however, Cornell was a force, a frontman who couldn’t be ignored. Soundgarden’s songs were catchy and brooding, with Cornell’s deep, grizzled voice giving the band its signature sound and propelling them to the pinnacle of 1990s popular music.

I wasn’t tapped into the Seattle scene in its infancy. Like most, I was introduced to Cornell when 1991’s “Outshined” from Badmotorfinger started getting regular radio play. But the band really blew up with 1994’s Superunknown. And I was among the first to snap up the album, filled with hits “Black Hole Sun,” “Fell on Black Days,” “Spoonman,” and “The Day I Tried to Live.”

I didn’t think too hard beyond the fact that Soundgarden’s oft-sombre lyrics satisfied my teenage angst.

Black hole sun
Won’t you come
And wash away the rain
Black hole sun
Won’t you come
Won’t you come (won’t you come)

Does the rain represent Cornell’s tears in some way? Knowing now that he suffered through years of drug addiction, the fact that he made it to 52 feels like a grim, sad feat.

I played my Superunknown CD over and over again — in my car, in my room, with intermittent tracks caught from the radio airwaves and on TV. I remember blasting it from my car at a bonfire party when I was 17. We couldn’t listen to it just once. “Play it again,” I recall friends demanding.

I’ll admit I lost touch with Cornell’s music once I moved on to indie rockers, like Pavement — along with a new appreciation for the earlier works of Neil Young, Brian Eno and late ’60s experimental sounds from the German band Can. I started to outgrow the grunge sound. In a way, he moved on, too — oscillating between a solo career and fronting Audioslave.

Memories of my teenage crush on Cornell came surging back when I learned of his death, sadly, ruled a suicide. I am grateful he brought a sense of depth, pleasure and passion to my high school years. Without him, the ’90s wouldn’t have been nearly as memorable.

Play it again.

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Chris Cornell Ended His Final Concert With a Song About Dying (Video)

This is pretty spooky.

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, who died of a possible suicide after his band’s performance at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, Michigan on Wednesday, closed out his final concert with a song about death.

Cornell and company capped the concert, which was loaded with Soundgarden favorites such as “Black Hole Sun” and “Fell on Black Days,” with a performance of their song “Slaves and Bulldozers,” from their 1991 album “Badmotorfinger,” mixed with a refrain from the Led Zeppelin track “In My Time of Dying.”

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Sample lyrics: “In my time of dying, I want nobody to mourn/All I want for you to do is take my body home.”

Cornell was found dead at age 52 while touring with Soungarden.

In a statement to the Associated Press, spokesman Brian Bumbery said Cornell’s death was “sudden and unexpected.”

Detroit police are investigating the death as a possible suicide due to “basic things observed at the scene,” department spokesman Michael Woody told the AP Thursday morning.

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Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page was one of many musicians to express grief upon news of Cornell’s death, tweeting, RIP Chris Cornell, Incredibly Talented, Incredibly Young, Incredibly Missed.”

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Chris Cornell, Lead Singer of Soundgarden, Dies at 52

This is pretty spooky.

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, who died of a possible suicide after his band’s performance at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, Michigan on Wednesday, closed out his final concert with a song about death.

Cornell and company capped the concert, which was loaded with Soundgarden favorites such as “Black Hole Sun” and “Fell on Black Days,” with a performance of their song “Slaves and Bulldozers,” from their 1991 album “Badmotorfinger,” mixed with a refrain from the Led Zeppelin track “In My Time of Dying.”

Sample lyrics: “In my time of dying, I want nobody to mourn/All I want for you to do is take my body home.”

Cornell was found dead at age 52 while touring with Soungarden.

In a statement to the Associated Press, spokesman Brian Bumbery said Cornell’s death was “sudden and unexpected.”

Detroit police are investigating the death as a possible suicide due to “basic things observed at the scene,” department spokesman Michael Woody told the AP Thursday morning.

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page was one of many musicians to express grief upon news of Cornell’s death, tweeting, RIP Chris Cornell, Incredibly Talented, Incredibly Young, Incredibly Missed.”

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