Chris Cornell’s Widow Claims Singer Was ‘Different’ and ‘Slurring His Words’ Before Death

Chris Cornell’s wife is breaking her silence about her husband’s tragic death.

A day after the coroner ruled the Soundgarden frontman passed away from suicide by hanging, Vicky Cornell and family attorney Kirk Pasich issued a statement saying they are “disturbed at inferences that Chris knowingly and intentionally took his life.” In the letter, they suggested the 52-year-old musician may have accidentally overdosed of anxiety medications.

“Chris’s death is a loss that escapes words and has created an emptiness in my heart that will never be filled,” Cornell’s widow said. “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.”

According to her, the grunge music icon spent Mother’s Day with his children before flying to Detroit on mid-Wednesday for what would be his final performance.

“When we spoke before the show, we discussed plans for a vacation over Memorial Day and other things we wanted to do,” she recalled. “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.”

As previously reported, a family friend discovered an unresponsive Cornell on his bathroom floor at the MGM Grand hotel late Wednesday night. The singer was pronounced dead at the scene when medics arrived shortly after midnight. At the time, sources claimed he was found with a band around his neck.

“Without the results of toxicology tests, we do not know what was going on with Chris—or if any substances contributed to his demise,” Pasich said. “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.”