The CBS Detroit report added that Vicky Cornell has been questioning the Medical Examiner about Ativan, regarding the possible effects of the drug on the singer’s state of mind — but that is not an area in which the medical examiner would be able to provide insight.
- Chris was found hanged in his room at the MGM Grand Detroit hotel on May 18th, following a Soundgarden show at the city’s Fox Theatre. His body was found soon after he had spoken with a “slurred” voice to Vicky by phone. The death was ruled a suicide.
- But his family has questioned the medical examiner’s ruling, saying that he had a prescription for Ativan and that a higher than recommended dosage may have caused him to experience suicidal thoughts.
- Vicky reportedly believes that her husband was not depressed and was not a suicide, but was instead brought on by the effect of the Ativan.
- The toxicology report later said that Chris had the equivalent of four Ativan pills, as well as several other prescription drugs, in his system at the time of his death.