Chris Cornell’s toxicology report released today revealed that several drugs were found in the musician’s system, but they “did not contribute to the cause of death.”
Chris Cornell’s security guard kicked in his Detroit hotel room door and found him hanged by an exercise band attached to a bathroom door, according to an autopsy report released Friday.
Cornell, lead singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave, died after a May 17 Soundgarden concert at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. The drugs in his system did not contribute to the singer’s death, assistant Wayne County Medical Examiner Dr. Theodore Brown found.
According to the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s autopsy report:
Per the investigative report and the police report, the decedent was found partially suspended by a resistance exercise band in his hotel room by his security guard on May 18, 2017. The security guard had to kick in the decedent’s locked hotel room door and locked bedroom door. The security guard found the decedent on the bathroom floor with a resistance exercise band around his neck which was looped around itself using the resistance exercise band handle. The opposite end of the resistance exercise band was attached to a metal clip device, which was placed over the top of the bathroom door. The security guard released the resistance exercise band from the top of the door, loosened the end of the resistance exercise band around the decedent’s neck, and began resuscitative efforts. Despite resuscitation, the decedent was pronounced dead at the scene on May 18, 2017.
Drugs found in Cornell’s system, including: “butalbital, lorazepam, pseudoephedrine and its metabolite norpseudoephedrine, caffeine, and naloxone,” did not contribute to his death, the autopsy says.
Cornell’s wife in a statement following his death said her husband, who’s had previous battles with substance abuse, was slurring his words when they spoke by phone following the Detroit concert and told her he’d taken an Ativan, which is lorazepam, an anti-anxiety drug similar to Xanax.
Ativan side effects listed on RXList.com include: hallucinations, confusion, depressed mood, and thoughts of suicide.
Cornell is survived by his wife, Vicky, and their two children, Christopher, and Toni, and another daughter, Lillian.