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Chris Cornell Family Issues Statement: Suicide Unintentional

Chris Cornell’s family is speaking out about the tragic suicide of the rocker on Wednesday night.

In a statement to PEOPLE, the family’s attorney Kirk Pasich, says that the family doesn’t believe Chris would’ve taken his own life.

The lead singer of the rock band Soundgarden was found dead in the bathroom at a Detroit hotel, shortly after performing a sold out concert.

The coroner ruled yesterday that his death was caused by hanging; however, they are still waiting on toxicology reports.

In the statement, Pasich said, “Without the results of toxicology tests, we do not know what was going on with Chris — or if any substances contributed to his demise.”

He added, “Chris, a recovering addict, had a prescription for Ativan and may have taken more Ativan than recommended dosages. 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.”

According to Pasich, Chris’ wife Vicky said she had talked to Chris just after his show and that it sounded like he was slurring his words, which led her to call hotel security to go and check on him.  She also said that Chris admitted he took more Ativan than was prescribed.

He had been with his family earlier that day and flew to Detroit for his show at the Fox Theatre.

Chris had been married to Vicky for 13 years and had two children with her, and a daughter from his first marriage.  He was just 52 years old.








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