Family of musician Chris Cornell disputes he killed himself

Soundgarden Vocals Chris Cornell performing at the Big Day Out at Auckland's

Pasich stated that Cornell was "a recovering addict" and had a prescription for Ativan, but may have taken more than the recommended dosage. "When he told me he may have taken an extra Ativan or two, I contacted security and asked that they check on him". The Wayne County Medical Examiner's office released a statement confirming the singer's cause of death saying, "The Medical Examiner has completed the autopsy on 52-year-old Chris Cornell, the Soundgarden musician who died last night in Detroit". That friend forced open the hotel room door where Cornell was found dead on the bathroom floor with a band around his neck.

Chris Cornell's wife and lawyer are urging fans to wait for more information on the Soundgarden frontman's death, disputing a medical examiner's ruling of suicide.

He also released solo albums, and Nielsen Music said as a band member and solo act, the singer sold nearly 15 million albums and 8.8 million digital songs in the U.S. The mid 1990s brought big success with Superunknown, which got a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Record with a string of memorable hits, and Down on the Upside.

Cornell had become one of the most lauded and respected contemporary lead singers in rock music, thanks to his charismatic energy onstage and wide vocal range.

Just a few days earlier, Brad also lost his dear friend former Paramount Pictures chairman and CEO, Brad Grey who died at the age of 59 after a private battle with cancer, allegedly leaving the actor reeling in shock.

"I don't even know what to say".

Audioslave, for the most part, refused to conform to what most expected (namely, Rage Against the Machine fronted by Cornell) but as a result, produced some truly classic, timeless material, such as Like a Stone, Shadow on the Sun, I Am the Highway, Be Yourself, Original Fire, Show Me How to Live, Wide Awake and Cochise.

The Seattle Space Needle went dark for an hour on Thursday night to honor singer Chris Cornell.

I hope it's ok with the grief police if I say Chris Cornell's death has come as an unexpected gut punch this morning. "A great singer, songwriter and the loveliest man", Elton wrote on Instagram.

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



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