Vicky Cornell, Chris’ wife, and other members of his family don’t believe the Detroit Medical Examiner’s verdict that Chris’ death was a suicide. They note that the judgement was made before the autopsy and, more importantly, before the results of the toxicology report are in.
They filed a Freedom of Information request with the city of Detroit, but it was denied, saying that the investigation was still open.
Vicky believes that an interaction of prescription medication led to the circumstances of Chris’ death. This statement comes from Kirch Pasich, Vicky’s attorney:
Kirk Pasich, attorney for the family of the late Chris Cornell, today said that the City of Detroit Law Department denied a request his firm made under the Freedom of Information Act for reports relating to Chris Cornell’s death, stating: “Based on information provided by personnel from the City of Detroit Police Department (DPD) Homicide Section, it is our understanding that this matter is an open investigation. As such they believe that the release of any information at this time, including the records identified in your request, would compromise and/or interfere with their investigation.”
Mr. Pasich confirmed the family has not yet seen any of the police or toxicology reports, noting that the family remains mystified that the medical examiner announced a cause of death when the full autopsy report has not been completed.
Given the information above, Mr. Pasich said that the family hopes there will be an end to speculation about the cause of Mr. Cornell’s death while the family awaits the definitive and complete reports. Vicky Cornell, the late star’s widow, said, “We are grateful for the outpouring of support as we mourn Chris’ passing, but we still have several unanswered questions about what led to his death. We believe the toxicology report will answer these questions.”
No word on when the toxicology results will be available.
(Via Rolling Stone)