Singer Cornell had prescription drugs in his system

LOS ANGELES • Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell had several prescription drugs in his system when he committed suicide last month in a Detroit hotel, according to the results of an autopsy released over the weekend.

The 52-year-old had anti-anxiety drugs, sedatives, barbiturates and sinus congestion medication in his system, a toxicology report from the Wayne County Medical Examiner showed.

The medical examiner last month determined that the grunge singer had hung himself on May 17 with an exercise resistance band in his hotel bathroom. He was found dead hours after playing a concert in Detroit with the band.

Cornell had spoken openly in interviews of his struggles with drugs as a teenager and later with alcohol.

But he said in 2007 that he had been sober since checking into rehab in 2002. He also spoke of periods of depression.

Cornell's wife Vicky has said he could not have been in his right mind when he died.

In a statement issued after the toxicology report was released, she added that those who knew him well "noticed that he wasn't himself during his final hours and that something was very off".


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 05, 2017, with the headline 'Singer Cornell had prescription drugs in his system'. Print Edition | Subscribe