Sunday, May 21, 2017

Chris Cornell funeral plans revealed

Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell will be laid to rest during a private service in Los Angeles on Friday, May 26, according to his attorney Kirk Pasich.

The Detroit News reports Cornell’s body will be flown to California on May 21 ahead of the funeral and that the late rocker will be be interred at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

Pasich also revealed that “one or more public memorials will be considered” as the Cornell family deals with their sudden loss.

Cornell died at a Detroit hotel on May 17 just hours after a Soundgarden concert wrapped up at the city’s Fox Theatre as part of the Seattle group’s spring tour of North America.

The singer’s body was discovered in the bathroom of his room at the MGM Grand Detroit by his bodyguard, Martin Kirsten, after Cornell’s wife, Vicky, requested the security man check on him following a phone conversation between the couple after the show.

Mrs. Cornell grew concerned when she noticed her husband was slurring his words, sounded groggy and kept repeating “I’m just tired” while admitting to taking "an extra Ativan or two", a prescription which helped him deal with anxiety issues.

According to a Detroit police report, Kirsten found Cornell lifeless on the bathroom floor “with blood running from his mouth and a red exercise band around (his) neck.” Local medical personnel attempted CPR twice on the musician, unsuccessfully, before he was pronounced dead at 1:30 a.m. on May 18.

Cornell’s death has been ruled a suicide by hanging following an initial autopsy by The Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office, with a full report to follow at a later date.

“What happened is inexplicable and I am hopeful that further medical reports will provide additional details,” said Vicky Cornell in a statement. “I know that he loved our children and he would not hurt them by intentionally taking his own life.”

“Without the results of toxicology tests, we do not know what was going on with Chris - or if any substances contributed to his demise,” said Cornell family attorney Kirk Pasich in a statement. “Chris, a recovering addict, had a prescription for Ativan and might’ve taken more than the recommended dosage.

“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.”

See also:

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