The report states Cornell had Naloxone (an opiate antidote), Butalbital (sedative), Pseudoephedrine (decongestant) and barbiturates in his system at the time of his death. It also states he appeared to have taken four 1mg tablets of Lorazepam (Ativan).
Cornell reportedly had four needle puncture wounds on his left arm, per the report, though it is believed they came from the EMTs who administered the Naloxone in an attempt to counteract the overdose.
“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. After so many years of sobriety, this moment of terrible judgment seems to have completely impaired and altered his state of mind,” Cornell’s wife Vicky told TMZ in a statement.
She continued, “Something clearly went terribly wrong and my children and I are heartbroken and are devastated that this moment can never be taken back. 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.”
Cornell died last month while he was still on tour with Soundgarden. His death was ruled a suicide.
In a statement at the time, the singer’s representative Brian Bumbery called the rocker’s death “sudden and unexpected.”
According to sources who spoke to TMZ, Vicky believes her husband was too high to realize the extent of his actions and did not mean to take his own life.
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