Yesterday morning, we were all shocked to hear the news about the death of Chris Cornell. Upon further investigation, Cornell’s death — which occurred right after a show in Detroit with his band Soundgarden — was ruled to be a suicide. While it seems early, Cornell’s wife, Vicky Karayiannis Cornell, has already released a statement regarding the unfortunate situation.
“Chris’s death is a loss that escapes words and has created an emptiness in my heart that will never be filled,” Vicky said in a statement. “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.”
She also opened up over the fact that he was taking an anti-depressant during the time, and confided in her that he took one too many that night.
“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,” Vicky said. “I know that he loved our children and he would not hurt them by intentionally taking his own life.”
She also wanted to thank his many fans for the outpour of love and support.
Chris Cornell definitely had quite a following and was very influential in the music industry.
We know that this is a rough time for Cornell’s family, and hope they find more answers soon.