Chris Cornell's Wife Issues Statement on His Death
May 19, 2017
Following the passing of singer Chris Cornell, his wife Vicky has released a statement, saying that she believes his suicide may have been caused by taking too much of his anti-anxiety medication.

"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," She wrote.

However, she added that ""When we spoke after the [Detroit] 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," she continued. "What happened is inexplicable and I am hopeful that further medical reports will provide additional details. I know that he loved our children and he would not hurt them by intentionally taking his own life."

Rolling Stone reports that the Cornell family's attorney Kirk Pasich also backs Vicky's belief, saying in a statement that "Without the results of toxicology tests, we do not know what was going on with Chris — or if any substances contributed to his demise. 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 notes that some of the side effects of Ativan include paranoid or suicidal thoughts, slurred speech and impaired judgment.

All remaining Soundgarden tour dates were obviously canceled, including their festival appearances at Rock on the Range and Rocklahoma, as well as Modern Rock KPNT (105.7 The Point)/St. Louis's Pointfest, which has canceled their entire show.

Meanwhile, tributes continue to pour in from Cornell's fellow artists. The Wilson sisters of Heart were close with the singer and each released a statement. Ann Wilson said, "It's important now to keep thoughts of Chris positive. He is on his way. We loved him well, now wish him well on his journey. He was and is a beautiful soul," while Nancy Wilson stated, "No one is ever prepared to hear about a death in the family. And today Chris Cornell my brother from my Seattle music family is gone. I thought his voice would forever grace the world of music. Devastating."

Ann Wilson also appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live to team with the house band for a cover of "Black Hole Sun." Linkin Park also appeared on Kimmel on Thursday night and dedicated their performance of their new song "One More Light" to Cornell. Also last night, Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Kilinghoffer covered Cornell's solo song "Seasons" in concert in Indiana.

Goodbye darling boy . Please say hi to all my loved ones . I cried for you today . Rip .

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