Chris Cornell, the lead singer for Audioslave and Soundgarden, died at the age of 52 on Wednesday.
Cornell died in Detroit, Michigan while performing there with Soundgarden. The Detroit coroner concluded that the death was a suicide. Now, Vicky Cornell, wife of the late Chris Cornell, is disputing the claim.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Vicky said via the Cornell family attorney Kirk Pasich, that Chris might have died from an accidental overdose of anxiety medications.
Cornell was found dead in his hotel room with a cord around his neck. Thus, the coroner ruled his death a suicide by hanging.
Pasich said in the statement,
“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.”
“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.
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 revolved around his family first and of course, his music, second.”