Entertainment Chris Cornell death: Wife Vicky Karayiannis breaks silence to deny suicide reports

15:51  19 may  2017
15:51  19 may  2017 Source:   International Business Times

Chris Cornell's death ruled a suicide by hanging

  Chris Cornell's death ruled a suicide by hanging Rocker Chris Cornell's death has been ruled a suicide by hanging. A Michigan medical examiner made the ruling on Thursday (18May17), hours after the 52-year-old Soundgarden singer was found dead in a Detroit hotel room on Wednesday night (17May17). His widow Vicky Karayiannis previously assured family and friends Cornell was not suicidal or depressed before his death. A family friend who spoke with her on Thursday morning told TMZ.com Vicky had chatted with her husband during soundcheck before he took the stage in Detroit, Michigan and after Wednesday night's show, and she insisted her husband was in no way suicidal. Vicky and Chris share two kids, while the rocker also leaves behind a 16-year-old from his first marriage to Susan Silver. Tributes and notes continue to pour in for the late rocker after earlier messages from the likes of Jimmy Page, Joe Perry, Sir Elton John, Billy Idol, Sheryl Crow, and Courtney Love. His Audioslave bandmate and Rage Against the Machine frontman Tom Morello has shared a photo of the pair online, and in the accompanying caption, reveals he is "devastated and deeply saddened" by the loss of a "dear friend" who will "always be in my heart", and actor Daniel Craig is "very sad" after learning about the death of the man behind the theme for his first outing as James Bond. The rocker wrote and recorded You Know My Name for Casino Royale.

Rocker Chris Cornell was married to Vicky Karayiannis since 2004 and the couple had two children together. Variety reports that his death is being investigated as a suicide . Karayiannis has not posted on social media since the news of Cornell ’s death broke .

His death is being suspected as a suicide , Detroit news outlet 4 WDIV Detroit reported . Alongside him for the past 13 years was his wife , Vicky Karayiannis . Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell was found dead while on tour, reports say.

Vicky Cornell © CHRIS DELMAS/AFP/Getty Images Vicky Cornell

The wife of late Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell has broken her silence for the first time since his tragic death. In a heartfelt statement, Vicky Karayiannis denied reports Cornell may have intentionally attempted suicide after a medical examiner said he took his own life.

Cornell, 52, was found dead in his room at the MGM Grand hotel in Detroit on 17 May, just hours after performing a gig with Soundgarden. According to a preliminary autopsy conducted by the Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office, Cornell was found with a band around his neck in an apparent suicide. However, further tests are being carried out to determine the cause of death.

Chris Cornell's death ruled a suicide by hanging

  Chris Cornell's death ruled a suicide by hanging Rocker Chris Cornell's death has been ruled a suicide by hanging. A Michigan medical examiner made the ruling on Thursday (18May17), hours after the 52-year-old Soundgarden singer was found dead in a Detroit hotel room on Wednesday night (17May17). His widow Vicky Karayiannis previously assured family and friends Cornell was not suicidal or depressed before his death. A family friend who spoke with her on Thursday morning told TMZ.com Vicky had chatted with her husband during soundcheck before he took the stage in Detroit, Michigan and after Wednesday night's show, and she insisted her husband was in no way suicidal. Vicky and Chris share two kids, while the rocker also leaves behind a 16-year-old from his first marriage to Susan Silver. Tributes and notes continue to pour in for the late rocker after earlier messages from the likes of Jimmy Page, Joe Perry, Sir Elton John, Billy Idol, Sheryl Crow, and Courtney Love. His Audioslave bandmate and Rage Against the Machine frontman Tom Morello has shared a photo of the pair online, and in the accompanying caption, reveals he is "devastated and deeply saddened" by the loss of a "dear friend" who will "always be in my heart", and actor Daniel Craig is "very sad" after learning about the death of the man behind the theme for his first outing as James Bond. The rocker wrote and recorded You Know My Name for Casino Royale.

According to TMZ Elia Mora was hired by Karayiannis in 2006 to clean their house, during that time Mora said she worked 43 hours/ week, never got an overtime, her 30 minute lunch break , always interrupted and same vicky karayiannis (85). chris cornell wife stabbed (46). vicky cornell (24).

Police then rang Chris ' wife Vicky to break the awful news to her, he added. Chris leaves behind wife Vicky Karayiannis - Cornell , who he recently described as "an angel, a lioness and the perfect wife and mother", their 12-year-old daughter Toni and son Christopher , 11.

In her first statement, Karayiannis said: "Chris's death is a loss that escapes words and has created an emptiness in my heart that will never be filled. As everyone who knew him commented, Chris was a devoted father and husband. He was my best friend. His world revolved around his family first and of course, his music, second. He flew home for Mother's Day to spend time with our family."

Karayiannis explains that she spoke to Cornell before his Fox Theatre concert and the couple discussed future plans, including a holiday over Memorial Day weekend. The former publicist says: "When we spoke after the show, I noticed he was slurring his words; he was different. When he told me he may have taken an extra Ativan or two, I contacted security and asked that they check on him."

Chris Cornell's Death Ruled Suicide, Source Says Musician Was 'Going Through a Dark Period in His Life'

  Chris Cornell's Death Ruled Suicide, Source Says Musician Was 'Going Through a Dark Period in His Life' A source tells ET that Cornell 'was a great father' whose kids 'must be crushed.'A spokesman for the Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office tells ET that the Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman's autopsy is complete and the cause of death is hanging by suicide.

Police then rang Chris ' wife Vicky to break the awful news to her, he added. Chris leaves behind wife Vicky Karayiannis - Cornell , who he recently described as "an angel, a lioness and the perfect wife and mother", their 12-year-old daughter Toni and son Christopher , 11.

Chris Cornell ’s death , which later ruled out as suicide , came as a complete shock to his fans and friends. “ Chris seemed in really great spirits and everyone is in complete shock,” a friend of the singer and wife Vicky Karayiannis said, People reported .

She concluded: "What happened is inexplicable and I am hopeful that further medical reports will provide additional details. I know that he loved our children and he would not hurt them by intentionally taking his own life."

Chris Cornell © Kevin Winter/Getty Images for EBMRF Chris Cornell

Kirk Pasich, a lawyer for Cornell's family, reiterated that it is difficult to confirm a cause of death without the results of toxicology tests. Pasich stated that Cornell was "a recovering addict" and had a prescription for Ativan, but may have taken more than the recommended dosage. The attorney adds: "The family believes that if Chris took his life, he did not know what he was doing, and that drugs or other substances may have affected his actions."

Cornell and Karayiannis were married for 13 years and are parents to two children: daughter Toni, 12, and son Christopher, 11.

What is Ativan?

Ativan is a Lorazepam, used to treat those with anxiety disorders or alcohol withdrawal. Side-effects are said to include severe drowsiness, thoughts of suicide of self-harm, hallucinations and sudden restlessness.

Chris Cornell's wife blames prescription drug for suicide .
The widow of Soundgarden rocker Chris Cornell has blamed his death on a prescription drug he was taking. The 52-year-old musician was found dead in a Detroit hotel room on Wednesday (17May17), hours after performing with his band in the city. A medical examiner ruled his death a suicide by hanging. Chris' wife Vicky alerted security staff and asked them to check on her husband, a recovering alcohol and drug addict, as she was worried he had taken Ativan, also known as Lorazepam, a prescription anti-anxiety medication used to treat addiction problems. "When we spoke after the show, I noticed he was slurring his words; he was different," Vicky said in a statement. "When he told me he may have taken an extra Ativan or two, I contacted security and asked that they check on him." Ativan is known to cause suicidal thoughts in some patients. Vicky, who has two children with Chris, said her husband had celebrated America's Mother's Day holiday last weekend at home, and that they had discussed vacation plans before the concert at Detroit's Fox Theatre. Chris also has a daughter from his first marriage. The rocker's widow added, "What happened is inexplicable and I am hopeful that further medical reports will provide additional details. I know that he loved our children and he would not hurt them by intentionally taking his own life.

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