After Chris Cornell’s toxicology report was released on Friday, the Soundgarden singer’s widow, Vicky, issued a statement in response to the results.
“We have learned from this report that several substances were found in his system,” she told People. “After so many years of sobriety, this moment of terrible judgement seems to have completely impaired and altered his state of mind.
“Something clearly went terribly wrong and my children and I are heartbroken and are devastated that this moment can never be taken back.”
The report, which was first obtained by TMZ, confirmed the presence of prescription drugs in the singer’s system at the time of his death last month. Prior to receiving these results, Cornell’s family had expressed doubt about whether or not his death by hanging was precipitated by prescription drugs. Their attorney Kirk Pasich said they were “mystified” that the medical examiner announced the cause of death as suicide before the toxicology results were released.
Cornell’s widow went on to say Friday that “many of us who know Chris well, noticed that he wasn’t himself during his final hours and that something was very off.
“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,” she added.
Cornell was found dead in a Detroit, Michigan, hotel room on May 17, several hours following a performance.
His death was ruled a suicide by hanging. The powerhouse vocalist of Soundgarden, Audioslave, and Temple of the Dog fame was 52. A private funeral was held on May 26 at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.