The Reason Vicky Cornell Thinks Chris Cornell Didn’t Commit Suicide
There were several reasons why Chris Cornell was known as ‘The Voice’ in his inner circle, a nickname uttered by legendary musicians such as Alice Cooper. The primary reason was that the Soundgarden icon had one of the best voices in rock and roll and impacted the music industry with a career spanning over more than three decades. However, the successful rocker was also struggling with depression and addiction.
Unfortunately, Cornell decided to end his life at the young age of 52 and left his family, friends, and fans heartbroken. While his death was ruled a suicide by hanging, his wife Vicky Cornell refuses to believe that Chris intentionally killed himself. Let’s take a look at the first interview she gave following the tragic passing of the Soundgarden frontman to see Vicky’s first public reaction.
When Did Chris Cornell Pass Away?
Following Soundgarden’s performance at the Fox Theatre on May 17, 2017, lead singer Chris Cornell headed to his hotel room as usual. What made that night different from the others was that the musician’s bodyguard found him unconscious in the bathroom of his hotel room.
It was then understood that Cornell committed suicide by hanging himself, but the autopsy report that some unexpected details. However, the rocker wasn’t under the influence as only prescription medications in therapeutic doses were found in his system. As a result, it was reported that drug abuse did not fuel his decision.
His Wife Vicky Blamed The Drugs
Since Cornell had publicly discussed his struggle with depression, isolation, and suicidal thoughts several times throughout his life, many people assumed his death was a suicide, except for his wife. According to Vicky Cornell, his battle with addiction was to blame in his decision to take his life.
Soon after Cornell’s passing, a spokesperson for Vicky blamed Ativan for the singer’s death. According to a press statement, the musician wasn’t himself during his final hours, indicating that he was under the influence. It was also mentioned that the report showed that several substances were found in his system although they were prescribed.
According to an interview with ABC News, his widow said that the musician’s judgment was entirely impaired and altered due to substance abuse. Therefore, his decision to kill himself wasn’t conscious, according to Vicky Cornell.
In her first interview after Chris’ passing, Vicky said:
“My husband was the furthest thing from a rock-star junkie. He just wasn’t. He was the best husband, the greatest father. I lost my soulmate and the love of my life. He wanted to be there for his family, for his children. He loved his life … he would never have ever left this world.”
I don’t think that he could make any decisions because of the level of impairment. I know that people say, ‘You know, you can’t blame yourself.’ I’m trying not to, but there were signs. People think that addiction is like, ‘Oh, you were an addict.’ I was, I feel, guilty of the same thing. You think addiction is a choice and it’s not.”
Chris Cornell’s widow didn’t forget to praise her late husband by saying he was the best father and husband and tried very hard to be there for his family. It appears that Vicky found it hard to believe he would leave them intentionally, knowing that the rocker wouldn’t hurt them on purpose.
You can watch the interview down below.