5 Devastating New Details Just Released About Chris Cornell's Suicide

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5 Things We Know About The Suicide Of Soundgarden's Chris Cornell

Growing up as a teen in the 90's made me a prime audience participant of the grunge music scene. 

Nirvana? Hell yes!

Soundgarden? DOUBLE hell yes!

"Black Hole Sun" was pretty much my own personal anthem that I had on repeat while I angrily wrote essays on World War II and used my TI-89 calculator to draw designs instead of figuring out the answers to the trigonometry questions assigned.

I'm just a regular old person now, but I will be honest: When I woke up to hear about Chris Cornell's passing, it stung my heart and made me nostalgic for the days when his music ruled my life.

Much like when Kurt Cobain died, I felt a sense of loss.

Obviously it's not the kind of feeling when I lose someone like my father, but Chris Cornell was a part of my coming of age tale. He provided the soundtrack to my life during a time when depression was my brain's master and all I had was his smooth buttery voice that went from melodious to rock in a single switch.

So, here I am, about to report that Chris Cornell, 52, died Wednesday night in Detroit after performing a live show with Soundgarden

My heart, along with his family, friends, and fans has been broken by this tragic set of circumstances.

Here are the latest details about the death:

1. Chris Cornell was found hanged in the bathroom of his hotel room.

Initial reports indicated that police had found signs that would lead them to believe it was a suicide, however they could not confirm what those details were.

The Detroit Free Press reported, "The Medical Examiner has completed the autopsy on 52-year-old Chris Cornell, the Soundgarden musician who died last night in Detroit … The cause of death has been determined as suicide by hanging. A full autopsy report has not yet been completed. There is no additional information at this time."

Hotel security called police after doing a well-check visit on the singer who was staying at the MGM Grand Detroit just after midnight; his show ended at The Fox Theater at around 11:00 p.m.

Security found Cornell on the bathroom floor with a band around his neck, though authorities have yet to confirm that exact information.

2. Chris Cornell's last tweet didn't indicate any sign of distress.

According to The Columbus Dispatch, Soundgarden was set to perform in Ohio on Friday at Rock on the Range.

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An official statement was released on the Rock on the Range site stating:

"We are devastated to hear about the sudden passing of Chris Cornell last night. He was a true hero to music, the voice of a generation. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and the entire music community. The voice of an angel, now watching down on us as we celebrate and honor him all weekend long.”

3. Chris Cornell's wife, Vicky Cornell, didn't think Chris was in a suicidal state and thinks his medication, Ativan, played a role in his death.

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​According to sources who spoke with TMZ, Vicky Cornell said that she spoke with Chris during his sound check before he performed and after the show and did not in any way indicate he had suicidal thoughts.

Vicky tried contacting Chris early Thursday morning and when she couldn't reach him, she became concerned and called hotel security.

The Cornell family firmly believes that Chris wouldn't have taken his life and had possibly been affected by the extra Ativan he had taken right after the show, his wife claims.

A family rep made a statement: “Without the results of toxicology tests, we do not know what was going on with Chris—or if any substances contributed to his demise. 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.”

According to WebMD, Ativan is used to treat anxiety related disorders.

4. His final performance was recorded on a cell phone.

After his performance at the Fox Theater, as he was being whisked away to his hotel, he told waiting fans, "I love you."

5. Here are some of Chris Cornell's best songs.

Black Hole Sun

Rusty Cage


Like A Stone

Your Time Has Come

We send our deepest condolences to Chris Cornell's family and friends.

If you or someone you know may be experiencing suicidal thoughts, there is help. Please call the Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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