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Family of Chris Cornell disputes he killed himself

Family of Chris Cornell disputes he killed himself

He says: "Chris Cornell, in our circle, was known as "The Voice" because he had the best voice in rock and roll".

FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 6, 2009, file photo, musician Chris Cornell speaks to the media as he arrives at the MusiCares Person of the Year tribute honoring Neil Diamond in Los Angeles. FILE - In this February 13, 2013 file photo, Chris Cornell of Soundgarden performs during the band's concert at the Wiltern in Los Angeles. Fans of the Soundgarden and Audioslave lead singer took to Twitter to mourn their loss.

An attorney for Chris Cornell's family and his wife Vicky Cornell said they feel his death was accidental.

Chris Cornell's wife doesn't believe her husband intentionally took his own life, and feels the prescription drug Ativan may have played a role in his death. Cornell, 52, was found dead in his Detroit hotel bathroom on Wednesday night after playing a concert in the city with the grunge band.

Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office said it had completed the preliminary post-mortem, but a full report has not been completed.

The singer, whose life had appeared to take an upward turn over the past decade as he went sober, was found dead at the MGM Grand Detroit hotel after his family contacted first responders, police said.

In an earlier statement, Cornell's representative Brian Bumbery had said his death was "sudden and unexpected".

Frontman Kurt Cobain of Nirvana, who towered over the grunge scene, killed himself in 1994 and Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland died on a tour bus in 2015 from a drug overdose.

He eventually became a Grammy victor with Soundgarden, formed in 1984 and coming out of the rapidly growing Seattle music scene, which included Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains.

Even during the show, fans tweeted that the singer dropped lines like "I feel bad for the next city", and many attendees of the last concert revealed that he looked like he was soaking it all in, performing in Detroit Rock City for one last time.

KEXP, Seattle's popular independent radio station, paid tribute to Cornell all day.

Numerous singer-songwriter's fans, including fellow musicians and artists, took to social media on Thursday morning upon hearing of his death at age 52.

"Seattle's son, Chris Cornell, has passed away", DJ John Richards told listeners.


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