The city of Detroit has refused to release details about Chris Cornell’s death last month to the late singer’s family, citing “an open investigation,” according to Kirk Pasich, the lawyer for the Cornell’s family and wife.
In a statement released by Pasich, published by Rolling Stone, the family say they are “mystified” at why the medical examiner had announced that her husband’s death was a suicide, despite not having completed a full autopsy.
Cornell’s wife, Vicky, says in the statement, “We are grateful for the outpouring of support as we mourn Chris’ passing, but we still have several unanswered questions about what led to his death.”
The lawyer for the family also confirms that “the family has not yet seen any of the police or toxicology reports.”
“We believe the toxicology report will answer these questions,” Vicky Cornell says in the statement.
Last month, Cornell’s widow issued a statement following her husband’s death, questioning whether the anxiety medication Chris had been taking might have led to his death.
“When we spoke after the show, I noticed he was slurring his words; he was different,” she had said. “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.”
If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs help, resources are available. In case of an emergency, please call 911 for immediate help.
The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention, Depression Hurts and Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868 all offer ways of getting help if you, or someone you know, may be suffering from mental health issues.