DETROIT – Chris Cornell autopsy report is reportedly out. Officials claim that while sedative and anxiety drugs were found in his systems, drugs’ had no role to play in his death. Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell had committed suicide by hanging on May 18 this year.
The two times Grammy winner he had died by hanging himself in his Detroit hotel room merely a few days after giving a great performance in front of thousands of jubilant fans.
A Report by the Detroit Free Press said that toxicology tests performed after the Soundgarden singer died May 18 in Detroit detected lorazepam, which is used in the treatment of anxiety and sold as Ativan; pseudoephedrine, a decongestant; naloxone, used to counter effects of opioids; butalbital, a sedative, and caffeine. Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office report says, “Based on the circumstances surrounding this death and the autopsy findings, the manner of death is suicide”.
July 20, 1964 born Cornell is well known for his extensive catalog as a songwriter, for his nearly four-octave vocal range, and for his powerful vocal belting technique. He released four solo studio albums, Euphoria Morning (1999), Carry On (2007), Scream (2009), Higher Truth (2015), and the live album Songbook (2011). Cornell received a Golden Globe Award nomination for his song “The Keeper” which appeared in the film Machine Gun Preacher and co-wrote and performed the theme song to the James Bond film Casino Royale (2006), “You Know My Name”. The last solo release by Chris was the charity single “The Promise”, written for the ending credits for the film of the same name. He was voted “Rock’s Greatest Singer” by readers of Guitar World, ranked 4th in the list of “Heavy Metal’s All-Time Top 100 Vocalists” by Hit Parader, 9th in the list of “Best Lead Singers of All Time” by Rolling Stone, and 12th in MTV’s “22 Greatest Voices in Music”.
A CBSNew report goes on to add, “Dr. Theodore Brown says a resistance band was around Cornell’s neck, and the other end was attached to a clip over the top of the bathroom door. The report says there were sedatives in Cornell’s body along with Lorazepam, a drug for anxiety. Cornell’s widow, Vicky Cornell, has said the toxicology report might shed light on why he killed himself”.