Chris Cornell, award-winning music artist and lead singer of ‘Soundgarden’, passed away at age 52 on May 17th, 2017. He was discovered dead in his hotel room the morning after.
His death has officially been ruled as a suicide. According to TMZ, he hung himself with an exercise band and carabiner on the door of his hotel bathroom. However, the toxicology report recently came in and was made public at the beginning of June, providing new evidence (see page 2).
Previously, Cornell’s wife mentioned that he was not previously in a suicidal state and most likely unintentionally took his life because he "may have taken an extra Ativan or two". Ativan is a drug used to treat anxiety, where one of the side effects is suicidal thoughts. The lawyer reminds the public that he was a recovering addict.
"The family believes if Chris took his life, he did not know what he was doing, and that drugs or other substances may have affected his actions."
Additional information was also released on May 25th. TMZ reported that 'fresh track marks' were found on his arm when his dead body was discovered. Originally, people suspected that the track marks may have been from him using more serious drugs that require 'shooting up', such as heroin, but the report proved this was not the case.
After overcoming his substance abuse in the past, Cornell stated years ago:
"It was a long period of coming to the realization that this way (sober) is better. Going through rehab, honestly, did help ... it got me away from just the daily drudgery of depression and either trying to not drink or do drugs or doing them and you know, they give you such a simple message that any idiot can get and it's just over and over, but the bottom line is really, and this is the part that is scary for everyone, the individual kinda has to want it ... not kinda, you have to want it and to not do that crap anymore or you will never stop and it will just kill you."
Unfortunately and ironically, his addiction did eventually lead to his death. The toxicology report revealed exactly what was found in his system...STORY CONTINUES ON NEXT PAGE.