The widow of rocker Chris Cornell has issued numerous public statements indicating her belief that anti-anxiety medication prescribed to her late husband contributed to his suicide, and now she’s launching a lawsuit against the doctor who prescribed the meds.
In legal documents obtained by Rolling Stone, Cornell claims that Dr. Robert Koblin “negligently and repeatedly” prescribed her late husband “dangerous mind-altering controlled substances… which impaired [his] cognition, clouded his judgement and caused him to engage in dangerous impulsive behaviours that he was unable to control, costing him his life.”
The lawsuit alleges that the physician prescribed Cornell more than 940 doses of the anti-anxiety drug Lorazepam (also known as Ativan) between September 2015 and May 2017, when he took his own life after a Soundgarden performance.
The suit further alleges that Koblin was simultaneously prescribing Cornell Oxycodone, and that the doctor never conducted a medical examination of Cornell, not did he perform any lab studies or clinical assessments.
In Cornell’s suit, she claims that Koblin did not warn the “Black Hole Sun” singer about Lorazepam’s possible side effects, which include impairing judgement and rational thinking, diminishing impulse control and increasing the risk of suicide in those prone to addiction — a description that applied to Cornell, and something of which Koblin would have been well aware given that Cornell was referred to the doctor through his therapist.
Furthermore, the suit alleges that Koblin permitted non-physician members of his staff to write many of Cornell’s subscriptions without any supervision.
Cornell is suing Koblin for negligence, failure to obtain informed consent and willful misconduct.