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Chris Cornell’s Death Remains A Suicide, Examiner Finds Drugs Did Not Contribute To Cause Of Death


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Despite the toxicology report findings revealed yesterday, June 02nd, late Soundgarden, etc. frontman Chris Cornell‘s death remains classified a suicide. Wayne County assistant medical examiner Theodore Brown ruled that “Based on the circumstances surrounding this death and the autopsy findings, the manner of death is suicide.”

Rollingstone.com received a copy of the report with the cause of death still being attributed to hanging as Cornell was found partially suspended by a resistance exercise band in his hotel suite at the MGM Grand in Detroit, MI on the night of May 17th. He had performed a show with Soundgarden mere hours prior.

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Among the drugs found in his system were: butalbital, pseudoephedrine (decongestant) and its metabolite norpseudoephedrine, caffeine (from No-Doz tablets,) naloxone (reportedly from responding EMTs) and four doses of Lorazepam (aka Ativan). The examiner stated that “these drugs did not contribute to the cause of death.”

According to the the report: 200ng/mL of Ativan was found in his system at the time of his death, which is higher than the average 30-50 ng/mL dosage. However, the examiner noted that it was lower than the 300 ng/mL level found in those whose death has been previously tied to the drug.

Cornell‘s family feel the abundance of prescription medication in his system—in particular the high dosage of Ativan—likely impaired his his mental state, causing him to take his own life.

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