DETROIT (Combined Sources) — As music fans everywhere mourn the sudden loss of Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, his family is raising questions about the circumstances behind his death.
Cornell, 52, was found dead On May 17 after a concert in Detroit. The Wayne County medical examiner’s office declared his death a suicide by hanging.
The renowned, Grammy-winning Seattle grunge rocker left behind a wife and three children.
Vicky Cornell issued a statement in which she expressed concerns that her husband’s medication — the anti-anxiety benzodiazepine known commercially as Ativan — may have impacted his judgment.
“When we spoke after the show, I noticed he was slurring his words; he was different,” she said in the statement. “When he told me he may have taken an extra Ativan or two, I contacted security and asked that they check on him.”
Kirk Pasich, an attorney for the Cornell family, said in the statement that the rocker was a recovering addict and speculated that he may have taken more benzodiazepines on Wednesday than the dosage recommended.