Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell’s Family Reach Settlement With His Ex-Doctor Following Malpractice Lawsuit


Back in 2018 Vicky Cornell, widow of late Soundgarden/Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell,┬áfiled a malpractice suit against her late husband’s former doctor, Dr. Robert Koblin. In that suit it was alleged that Koblin had prescribed Chris 940 doses of the anti-anxiety drug Lorazepam (Ativan) as well as doses of Oxycodone in the the last 20 months of his life prior to his 2017 suicide.

It was alleged in the suit that Koblin had done so without follow-up examinations, proper explanation of potential side effects and without proper consideration of Chris‘s past struggles with addiction. It was furthered alleged that Cornell‘s death was likely influenced by the drugs prescribed to him, citing apparent findings that Lorazepam can impair judgment and increase the risk of suicide in addiction-prone individuals.

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Koblin would later go on to deny the allegations of wrongdoing against him in February of 2019 and was seeking the suits dismissal. Deadline report that the matter has now been resolved via a confidential settlement that was reached early last month. Court approval is required for a portion of the settlement being awarded to Cornell‘s minor children Toni Cornell and Christopher Nicholas Cornell.

The attorneys for the Chris Cornell Estate, which is headed up by Vicky, issued the following statement:

“After years of litigation and settlement negotiations, plaintiffs and (Koblin and Robertson Cardiovascular Center LLC) have reached a confidential settlement agreement to resolve all claims asserted by each plaintiff. Unfortunately, as with many celebrity cases, this action has also attracted the attention of troubled individuals who have harassed plaintiffs, including by threatening the life and safety of plaintiffs Toni Cornell and Christopher Nicholas Cornell.”

A hearing in regards to the matter is scheduled for July 26th. Vicky and Soundgarden‘s surviving members remain embroiled in a contentious legal battle over the rights to Cornell‘s final recordings, you can read more on that here.

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