New details are emerging about the last hours of Chris Cornell‘s life.
According to a police report obtained by The Detroit News, the late rocker’s wife asked his bodyguard to check on him after he repeatedly told her “I am just tired” during a phone call after his concert earlier Wednesday night. Cornell was then found dead in his Detroit hotel room at age 52. The medical examiner has ruled the death a suicide by hanging.
Just after the show, Cornell was visited in his room at 11:30 p.m. by bodyguard Martin Kirsten, who was called to help fix a computer. Before he left, Martin reportedly gave Cornell two Ativan pills, prescribed to treat anxiety.
Kristen then received a call from Cornell’s wife Vicky at 12:15 a.m., asking him to check on her husband to “see if he is allright because he did not sound like he is okay,” the report said.
Vicky was concerned by her earlier phone call with Cornell, saying he sounded “groggy and just kept saying, ‘I am just tired,’ and hung up the phone.”
Kirsten reportedly arrived at the Soundgarden singer’s hotel room at the MGM Grand Hotel shortly after midnight Thursday and kicked both the room door and a second bedroom door open. Kristen found Cornell on the bathroom floor “with blood running from his mouth and a red exercise band around neck,” cites The Detroit News.
The police report states that he was pronounced dead at 1:30 a.m. Thursday morning.
On Thursday, the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Cornell’s death as suicide by hanging, but the star’s family released a statement Friday morning saying he was not suicidal and that the side effects of prescription drugs he was taking may have led to his death.
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“Without the results of toxicology tests, we do not know what was going on with Chris — or if any substances contributed to his demise,” the family’s attorney Kirk Pasich said in a statement. “Chris, a recovering addict, had a prescription for Ativan and may have taken more Ativan than recommended dosages. 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.”
Ativan (lorazepam) is a benzodiazepine that is used to treat anxiety, drug withdrawal, agoraphobia and seizure disorders, among other things. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, rare but serious side effects include worsening depression, unusual mood or behavior and thoughts of hurting yourself.
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).