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nbcnews.com - 11 days ago

Chris Cornell's wife says his medication could have played role in death

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 late Wednesday after a concert in Detroit, Michigan. 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. Early Friday, 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." Play Facebook Twitter Embed Chris Cornell's family disputes preliminary ruling of suicide in rocker's death 1:29 autoplay autoplay Copy this code to your website or blog 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.
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