Drugs taken by Chris Cornell didn't cause death

Kelly Massey
June 3, 2017

A toxicology report obtained by TMZ indicates that Soundgarden lead singer Chris Cornell had multiple prescription drugs in his system, but they did not cause his death.

The report said that Cornell had Naloxone (Narcan), Butalbital (sedative), Lorazepam (Ativan), Pseudoephedrine (decongestant) and barbiturates in his system although it is believed that the Naloxone had been administered by EMT personnel in an attempt to revive him.

Hours after his May 18 death, the Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office initially declared that the '90s grunge icon had committed suicide by hanging.

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The report confirms that Cornell, 52, killed himself after a May 17 concert.

Vicky Cornell says in a statement Thursday that she is still awaiting the toxicology reports she hopes will clarify the circumstances around her late husband's apparent suicide.

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After the report emerged, Karayiannis said in a statement published by People that Cornell "was not himself" before he died.

"After so many years of sobriety, this moment of awful judgement seems to have completely impaired and altered his state of mind", she continues.

The reports say the drugs didn't contribute to the cause of death but don't elaborate. Pitt's efforts to console the children during an extremely hard time are surely much appreciated and helping to ease the traumatic experience the Cornell family is enduring.

"Chris, a recovering addict, had a prescription for Ativan and may have taken more Ativan than recommended dosages", attorney Kirk Pasich said in a statement last week.

Cornell was laid to rest on May 26 in Los Angeles.

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