Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell passed away this past week due to suicide. However, in a statement, the family is disputing the medical examiner’s ruling that Cornell actually intentionally killed himself, stating that the drug Ativan is the cause.

Consequence of Sound writes:

…Cornell allegedly took multiple pills in the hours before his death. “Some medical literature indicates that Ativan can cause paranoid or suicidal thoughts, slurred speech and impaired judgment,” their statement noted.

In a separate statement, Cornell’s wife Vicky recounted how Cornell had just flown home for Mother’s Day and was making vacation plans for Memorial Day Weekend. However, “When we spoke after the show, I noticed he was slurring his words; he was different,” she explained. “When he told me he may have taken an extra Ativan or two, I contacted security and asked that they check on him. What happened is inexplicable and I am hopeful that further medical reports will provide additional details. I know that he loved our children and he would not hurt them by intentionally taking his own life.”

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