Chris Cornell’s Toxicology Report Reveals Drugs Were In His System At Time Of Death

Ford Springer | Contributor

A toxicology report has revealed that Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell had four different prescription pills in his system when he hanged himself in a Detroit hotel room last month.

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 12: Musician Chris Cornell performs at the Dallas Premiere of the Paramount Pictures film ’13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi’ at the AT&T Dallas Cowboys Stadium on January 12, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)

(Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)

Cornell’s wife Vicky was the last person to speak to him before his death on May 18. While on the phone with her husband, she noticed he was slurring his words and called his bodyguard to check up on him after they finished speaking on the phone. Cornell was found dead in the bathroom of his hotel room later that night after hanging himself with an exercise band and a carabiner.

The toxicology report revealed that Chris had Naloxone (Narcan), Butalbital (sedative), Lorazepam (Ativan), Pseudoephedrine (decongestant) and barbiturates in his system when he killed himself, TMZ reports. He had taken 4 1 mg Lorazepam tablets.

“Many of us who know Chris well, noticed that he wasn’t himself during his final hours and that something was very off,” Vicky Cornell told TMZ on Friday. “We have learned from this report that several substances were found in his system. After so many years of sobriety, this moment of terrible judgement seems to have completely impaired and altered his state of mind.”

(Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)

(Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)

“Something clearly went terribly wrong and my children and I are heartbroken and are devastated that this moment can never be taken back. We very much appreciate all of the love we have received during this extremely difficult time and are dedicated to helping others in preventing this type of tragedy.”

Chris was only 52 years old.

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