Chris Cornell's Widow Sends Emotional Message After Toxicology Report: 'He Wasn't Himself During His Final Hours'

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Chris Cornell and Vicky Karayiannis arrive to the Los Angeles premiere of The Promise at TCL Chinese Theatre on April 12, 2017 in Hollywood, Calif.

Chris Cornell's widow, Vicky, has issued a statement following the release of a toxicology report which points to her late husband's struggles with substance abuse.

“Many of us who know Chris well, noticed that he wasn't himself during his final hours and that something was very off. We have learned from this report that several substances were found in his system," Vicky said in a statement. "After so many years of sobriety, this moment of terrible judgment 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."

Her statement continued, “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.”

The toxicology report comes amid uncertainty surrounding Cornell's death on May 17, when he was found to have hung himself in a Detroit hotel room after playing a show with Soundgarden.

Last month, Vicky expressed in a statement fears that her husband may have accidentally taken too much of the prescription mood-stabilizing drug Ativan. While the Soundgarden singer's death was deemed a suicide by the medical examiner, an attorney for the family claimed Thursday (June 1) that the singer's death should not be assumed a suicide until a proper toxicology report could be completed.

According to a report obtained by TMZ, Cornell had Naloxone, the sedative Butalbital, Ativan, the decongestant Pseudoephedrine and barbiturates in his system at his time of death.


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