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Friday, 19 May 2017 03:57

Chris Cornell’s family says he didn't ‘knowingly’ commit suicide

Written by  NICOLE BITETTE

Chris Cornell's family is still trying to understand how the rocker could have taken his own life.

The Cornell family released a statement on Friday, noting that they are "disturbed" at reports the Soundgarden frontman, 52, "intentionally and knowingly" committed suicide.

The statement referenced an anxiety medication that Cornell was prescribed called Ativan that is listed as having side effects of suicidal thoughts and impaired judgment.

"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," an attorney for the family, Kirk Pasich, said in a statement.

Vicky Karayiannis, the singer's wife of more than 13 years, said her husband told her that he might take an extra Ativan "or two" when they spoke on the phone after the Wednesday night show.

She said she then called the front desk of Cornell's Detroit hotel for someone to check on him when she became concerned.

"I noticed he was slurring his words; he was different," Karayiannis said in a statement.

Read more at NYDailyNews

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