When the sad news broke two weeks ago that Chris Cornell had been found dead in his hotel room bathroom, the medical examiner ruled his death a suicide by hanging. Chris’ wife Vicky Karayiannis wasn’t so sure it was on purpose. She released a statement shortly after his death saying she had spoken to him before his death, and that he was slurring his words and admitted to taking an extra or two Ativans. TMZ says the toxicology report is back and it shows he had more than Ativan in his system.
According to the report, toxicologists found the following drugs in Chris’ system: naloxone (an opiate antidote), butalbital (a sedative), lorazepam (Ativan), pseudoephedrine (a decongestant), and barbituates. The report shows he had taken four 1mg lorazepam tablets.
Sources tell TMZ that Vicky and others close to the family are a little pissed that the medical examiner “jumped to conclusions” by labeling Chris’ death a suicide. They believe he was so high on prescription pills, he had no idea he was putting anything around his neck, and that it should be considered an accident.
Vicky released a statement today regarding Chris’ toxicology report, and everyone is obviously really torn up about the results, since Chris had battled booze and drug addiction in the past.
“Many of us who know Chris well, noticed that he wasn’t himself during his final hours and that something was very off. We have learned from this report that several substances were found in his system. After so many years of sobriety, this moment of terrible judgement seems to have completely impaired and altered his state of mind. Something clearly went terribly wrong and my children and I are heartbroken and are devastated that this moment can never be taken back.
We very much appreciate all of the love we have received during this extremely difficult time and are dedicated to helping others in preventing this type of tragedy.”
TMZ had reported a week after his death that Chris Cornell was found with fresh track marks on his arm, which they heavily implied were from doing drugs. Thanks to the toxicology report, we now know those track marks were from EMTs administering the naloxone in an attempt to reverse the effects of an opiate overdose. So I guess whoever leaked the thing about the track marks to TMZ and left out the part about reversing the effects of an opiate overdose should expect a call from Harvey Levin asking for a refund.