Family members of Chris Cornell on Thursday (Nov. 1) sued a physician they are saying overprescribed medicine to the rock singer, resulting in his loss of life.
Cornell’s widow, Vicky Cornell, and their youngsters, Toni and Christopher, are plaintiffs within the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court alleging that pharmaceuticals, particularly the anti-anxiety drug Lorazepam, led to erratic conduct from the Soundgarden frontman earlier than his loss of life in Detroit in 2017 at age 52.
The lawsuit says Dr. Robert Koblin and his Beverly Hills workplace “negligently and repeatedly” prescribed “harmful mind-altering managed substances to Chris Cornell which impaired Mr. Cornell’s cognition, clouded his judgment, and precipitated him to have interaction in harmful impulsive behaviors that he was unable to manage, costing him his life.”
It focuses specifically on Koblin’s prescribing Cornell giant quantities of Lorazepam -- which is offered underneath the model identify Ativan -- to Cornell within the 20 months main as much as his loss of life.
Coroner’s investigators dominated Cornell’s loss of life a suicide by hanging. Toxicology assessments confirmed the presence of Ativan together with barbiturates, caffeine, the anti-opioid drug naloxone, and a decongestant.
But the post-mortem report mentioned the medicine weren't a reason for loss of life.
The lawsuit says the physician knew that Cornell had a severe historical past of substance abuse, and he failed to look at or seek the advice of with him as he was prescribing the medicine.
The “unmonitored use of such extreme quantities of Lorazepam ... was recognized to extend the danger of suicide as a result of it may possibly severely impair judgment, pondering and impulse management and diminish the power of a affected person to suppose and act rationally,” the lawsuit says.
Staff reached by telephone at Koblin’s workplace mentioned there was no fast remark.
Vicky Cornell has mentioned since instantly after her husband’s loss of life that she felt the prescribed drugs he was taking drove him to behave surprisingly, and there have been no indicators he would possibly take his personal life.
“At the time of his loss of life, Mr. Cornell had every little thing to dwell for and was planning a way forward for recordings, performances and continued work as a charitable activist,” the lawsuit says.
Cornell’s wailing voice and his long-haired, shirtless stage presence made him an important determine within the grunge-rock of the 1990s. Soundgarden was among the many first teams to surge to nationwide consideration in a wave that later included Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains.
Cornell additionally fronted the super-groups Audioslave with members of Rage Against the Machine and Temple of the Dog with members of Pearl Jam.
Last month, a bronze statue of Cornell was erected outdoors the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle.
The lawsuit, which seeks damages to be decided later, additionally names nameless staffers at Koblin’s workplace as defendants.
Cornell’s oldest daughter, 18-year-old Toni Cornell, can be named as a defendant, however the lawsuit emphasizes that she is a nominal defendant solely, as required by regulation as a result of she is inheritor to her father’s property.