Vicky Cornell, the widow of Chris, isn’t happy with the explanations given for her husband’s death earlier this year. To her, his sudden suicide just didn’t make sense, especially since the two of them had spoken on the phone just minutes before he took his own life. What happened in that crucial 45 minutes after she hung up for the last time?
While there’s no doubt in her mind that Chris died by his own hand, she’s determined to find out why he’d do such a thing.
Vicky, Chris’ family, and his friends are confused by the medical examiner’s verdict about the suicide. Could Chris’ use of Ativan have been a contributing factor? The medical examiner doesn’t think so, but a little research will show that it can have an adverse effect on recovering addicts like Chris.
Vicky was in Detroit last week with a lawyer in tow to speak with the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office to discuss things like the side effects of Ativan. For some reason, though, the meeting never happened. We’re not sure if it’s been rescheduled.
Interestingly, the Detroit Law Department earlier denied a Freedom of Information Act request by Vicky as she sought details of their investigation. As her lawyer stated, “The family hopes there will be an end to speculation about the cause of Mr. Cornell’s death while the family awaits the definitive and complete reports.”
Here’s the last song Chris ever performed, the final song in Soundgarden’s set at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. Two hours later, he’d be dead.