Chris Cornell was pronounced dead Thursday with the cause of death being ruled a suicide.
A red exercise band and a carabiner were used in the act, and his anxiety medications are said to have been involved as well. According to his wife, Chris had used the exercise equipment many times in the past, and she believes his suicide was not a premeditated act but rather one linked to extreme anxiety and stress.
According to CNN Entertainment, his last performance was his show at the Fox Theatre in Detroit in which he finished with a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “In My Time of Dying”. He was found dead by a family friend on the bathroom floor of the MGM Grand Hotel in Detroit. Before his death, his wife Vicky spoke to him on the phone. She says his words were slurred and that he admitted to taking too much Ativan, a drug he takes to help deal with anxiety. CNN Entertainment remarks on the similarities between Chris’s death and other notable singers from grunge bands including Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain, Layne Staley of Alice in Chains, and Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots, all of whom died because of overdose or suicide (Park, Allen, Preuss).
Cornell was 52 when he died.
This tragic event is a terrible loss for his wife Vicky, his two daughters Toni and Lillian, his son Christopher, and the rest of his family and friends. His passing is a devastating blow to the American rock genre and to Chris’s many adoring fans. His death serves as a reminder that even those who seem to have it all also have their own set of problems. The grass is not always greener on the other side. All people inevitably experience suffering and tragedy at some point in their lives. This what unites us as human beings, and it is something we should all keep in mind in our daily dealings with other people. Chris will be remembered as an iconic rock star who touched the hearts and minds of millions. Rest in peace: Chris Cornell.