Posted: 9:41 am Saturday, June 3rd, 2017
By Kyle Taylor
As if this story couldn’t get any more sad, TMZ acquired and has since released the toxicology report following Chris Cornell’s death, showing the singer had several prescription drugs in his system. This is an especially significant revelation because the extent of his drug use, prescription or not, and his health was kept a secret to those close to him. His wife, Vicky, spoke to Chris on the phone 30 minutes before his death and claimed the tone in his voice reminded her of his oxycodone addiction 14 years prior.
The specific prescription drugs in his system, according to the report obtained by TMZ were Naloxone (Narcan), Butalbital (sedative), Lorazepam (Ativan), Pseudoephedrine (decongestant) and barbiturates in his system at the time of death. It appears Chris had taken 4 (1 mg) Lorazepam tablets.
Chris Cornell’s family, especially his wife Vicky, believe his death should be ruled accidental following the toxicology report as he probably had no control over his mind or body with the amount of drugs in his system.
She told TMZ, “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.”
I’m sure by now we have all seen or heard about Tiger Woods’ DUI arrest, in which he was under the influence of prescription drugs, drugs so powerful that he fell asleep at the wheel. Woods, unlike Cornell, does not have a history of drug abuse, making it even more sad that Cornell was able to obtain such powerful drugs while keeping his loved ones in the dark. This is a widespread problem across all of America, not just one of the rich and famous.