Chris Cornell’s wife questions suicide verdict
Chris Cornell’s wife Vicky has questioned reports that her husband died by suicide.
Chris Cornell, the lead singer with Soundgarden and Audioslave, passed away this week aged 52 with police confirmining that the singer had died by suicide.
However, his wife has hit out at the rumours, stating that she believes her husband’s death was accidental.
In a statement today to E! news she revealed:
“Chris’s death is a loss that escapes words and has created an emptiness in my heart that will never be filled. As everyone who knew him commented, Chris was a devoted father and husband. He was my best friend. His world revolved around his family first and of course, his music, second, He flew home for Mother’s Day to spend time with our family. He flew out mid-day Wednesday, the day of the show, after spending time with the children.”
“We discussed plans for a vacation over Memorial Day and other things we wanted to do. When we spoke after the show, I noticed he was slurring his words; he was different. 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. The outpouring of love and support from his fans, friends and family means so much more to us than anyone can know.”
Thank you for that, and for understanding how difficult this is for us.”
Cornell was known as one of the best, most talented and most admired frontmen of rock from the eighties onwards.
With Soundgarden he created two of the seminal albums of the 1990s Grunge era, Badmotorfinger (1991) and Superunknown (1994).
When Soundgarden split in 1997, Cornell embarked on a solo career.
May he rest in peace.