Police report provides details of Chris Cornell’s last hours

A police report obtained by the Detroit News sheds more light on the final hours of Chris Cornell’s life, which ended in the early hours of May 18 in a room at the MGM Grand in Detroit, Michigan.

According to the report, Cornell had a conversation with his wife not long before his death, during which he seemed disoriented. The Detroit News reports Cornell was “slurring his words, sounded groggy and kept repeating: ‘I’m just tired.'”

Cornell had finished a concert around 11:15 and, per the report, was in his room 15 minutes later, where he was given two doses of the anti-anxiety medicine Ativan by his bodyguard Martin Kirsten, who was also in his room fixing his computer. The phone call occurred at 11:35, after which Cornell’s wife Vicky called Kirsten concerned about her husband’s state. Kirsten kicked down two lock doors in the hotel room to find Cornell dead “with blood running from his mouth and a red exercise band around (his) neck,” according to the report.

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The death was ruled a suicide by hanging by the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office. Cornell’s family, through a statement from attorney Kirk Pasich, said they believe that if Cornell did indeed commit suicide, it was done in a state where he did not know what he was doing and may have been influenced by drugs or other substances. The family is waiting on toxicology results before definitively stating what happened to Cornell.

Click here for the full report at the Detroit News. (h/t Billboard.com)

Photo: By Simon Jacquier from Vernayaz (near Martigny, Valais), Switzerland (Audioslave) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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