After the tragic passing of musician Chris Cornell, fellow musicians and fans took to Twitter to pay their respects and tributes to the late star.
On Friday, May 19th, his family released a statement on the matter following his passing. His wife, Vicky Cornell, outlives him as well as his three children. Vicky released an emotional statement outlining what happened and what her take on the matter is.
After taking a few extra pills of Ativan, a medication used to treat anxiety, his death has been ruled as a suicide. However, Vicky doesn’t think that Chris would do that.
Keep reading to find out the details released in the statement.
Vicky started by explaining how big of a loss this is to the world and in her heart. She described it as an ‘emptiness that will never be filled.’
She described him as a ‘devoted father’ and her ‘best friend’ and she explained that for Chris, his family came first and the music came second.
As well as expressing her emotions on the situation, she also laid out the details of what happened the days prior to his death.
It was an average Wednesday. Vicky explained that he had flown home for Mother’s Day to spend time with the family and his children.
The day of the show that would end up being his last, Vicky spoke with him and they discussed vacation plans for Memorial Day.
‘When we spoke before the show, we discussed plans and other things we wanted to do,’ Vicky said.
But when they spoke after the concert, things were different. ‘I noticed he was slurring his words; he was different,’ she said. Ativan can have extremely negative effects when the dosage is upped or when mixed with drugs and alcohol. Some of these effects include thoughts of suicide and an altered sense of judgment.
This is when Chris informed her that he had taken an extra Ativan or two. Vicky contacted security to go to his room and check on him.
She went on to explain that what happened to him is ‘inexplicable’ and she is hoping that medical reports will provide more information.
‘I know that he loved our children and that he would not hurt them by intentionally taking his own life.’ Vicky said.
Chris and Vicky married in Paris in 2004 and have two children; Toni, 12, and Christopher, 11. Chris also has another daughter, Lillian, 16 from a previous marriage to Susan Silver.
As reported, the musician was found dead in his hotel room at the MGM Grand Hotel in the early hours of the morning on Thursday, May 18th.
The Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed that his death was due to ‘suicide by hanging.’ But Chris’s family attorney, Kirk Pasich, believes there could have been other factors unaccounted for.
Pasich also released a statement. He explained that the prescription drug that Chris was using may have been a contributor to his death.
Without the results of the toxicology tests, it’s hard to determine what exactly was going on with Chris that night. But if he took more than the recommended dosage of Ativan then that is most likely a key factor in this tragic outcome.
Chris’s family believes that if Chris did take his own life, he didn’t know what he was doing, or that drugs and other substances could have affected his actions.