Chris Cornell’s Wife Releases Statement, Blames Medicine for Suicide

May 19, 2017 6:03 pm Last Updated: May 19, 2017 6:03 pm

The wife of Soundgarden and Audioslave singer Chris Cornell released a statement on Friday morning—just a day after it was reported that the grunge frontman was found dead at the age of 52.

There have been reports that Cornell may have killed himself.

Vicky Cornell, his wife, speculated that he might have been taking too much of his anxiety medication, Rolling Stone reported.

“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,” Vicky wrote.

“His world revolved around his family first and, of course, his music second. He flew home for Mother’s Day to spend time with our family. He flew out mid-day Wednesday, the day of the show, after spending time with the children. When we spoke before the show, we discussed plans for a vacation over Memorial Day and other things we wanted to do,” she added.

After a Soundgarden concert on Wednesday night, Vicky noted a change in his behavior when they spoke over the phone.

“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,” she added. “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.”

Cornell family attorney Kirk Pasich said in another statement that extra Ativan can lead to suicidal thoughts.

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

“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 added.

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