The late Chris Cornell’s wife is breaking her silence two days after her husband was found dead.
Vicky Cornell is speaking out against the Wayne County medical examiner, who determined Cornell’s cause of death was a “suicide by hanging.”
Cornell, 52, was found dead in the bathroom of his MGM Grand Hotel in Detroit with a band around his neck.
Legal representation for the Cornell family has since released a statement expressing their concerns over the musician’s death. “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,” attorney Kirk Pasich said. “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.”
Vicky followed up Pasich’s words with a tribute to her late husband, who left behind three kids, aged 11, 12, and 16. “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,” she wrote in statement released to E! News. “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.”
Vicky went on to reveal plans the couple had made together and disclosed that Cornell had recently taken a higher dose of Ativan. “We discussed plans for a vacation over Memorial Day and other things we wanted to do,” she continued. “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.”
“What happened is inexplicable and I am hopeful that further medical reports will provide additional details,” Vicky added. “I know that he loved our children and he would not hurt them by intentionally taking his own life. The outpouring of love and support from his fans, friends, and family means so much more to us than anyone can know.”
Funeral arrangements for the former Audioslave singer have yet to be announced.