Chris Cornell’s Family States He Would Never Commit Suicide and Took ‘Extra Ativan or Two’ Prior to Death

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Chris Cornell’s family have spoken out regarding the Audioslave and Soundgarden frontman’s death after he was discovered to have committed suicide at the MGM Grand Hotel in Detroit Wednesday evening.

The coroner ruled the death a suicide, however his family feels that he did not have one hint of being suicidal and believe that his actions were a result of side effects of the prescription drugs he was taking.

Shocked and Appalled

The attorney for the Cornell family, Kirk Pasich, stated in a recent statement that the relatives are deeply “disturbed” at assumptions that Cornell intentionally and knowingly took his own life since Cornell said to his wife of how he took “an extra Ativan or two” prior to his death.

“Without the results of toxicology tests, we do not know what was going on with Chris — or if any substances contributed to his demise,” said Pasich. “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.”

Medication Issues

Ativan (lorazepam) falls under the benzodiazepine group of medication used to treat drug withdrawal, anxiety, and the like.

Vicky, Cornell’s wife, described him as being a loving man who adored his family in a recently released statement.

“Chris’s death is a loss that escapes words and has created an emptiness in my heart that will never be filled,” she stated. “As everyone who knew him commented, Chris was a devoted father and husband. He was my best friend. His world revolved around his family first and of course, his music, second.”