Chris Cornell‘s suicide is just so hard to understand. And to his widow Vicky it’s “inexplicable.”
In a statement early on Friday, she specifically mentioned her husband telling her he had taken “an extra Ativan or two” and that he was “slurring his words.”
The Cornells’ attorney Kirk Pasich concurred, saying the family was “disturbed at inferences that Chris knowingly and intentionally took his life.”
The family is apparently looking to blame the prescription medication and are hoping the full autopsy results support their case that Chris’ suicide was not his own idea.
It may sound bizarre for a drug used to treat anxiety, but one of the listed side effects of Ativan, the brand name of lorazepam, is suicidal ideation and suicide attempts.
Many on Twitter following the story were quick to support Vicky’s position, including fans, doctors, and recovering addicts:
[Note: Do not take medical advice from strangers on Twitter. Or bloggers. Please do your own research and consult with a physician before taking any medication.]
I can’t believe they put Chris Cornell on Ativan. You don’t put recovering addicts on benzos. They’re highly dangerous & addictive.
— Sean Kent (@seankent) May 19, 2017
ppl in recovery:
Pls don’t take pills just b/c dr prescribes them.
Ask questions. Do research.
He NEVER should have had an Ativan script. https://t.co/lpk8Rn627l
— Amanda (@recoveringmama) May 19, 2017
First Prince, now Chris Cornell. And the “war on drugs” is on plants that do nothing but help people. Absolutely incomprehensible.
— Mr. Mircea (@mistermircea) May 19, 2017
I believe Chris Cornell’s family when they say suicide would not have occurred were Ativan not involved. That drug is notorious
— Paper Sailboat (@papersailboat) May 19, 2017
Do YOU think Ativan caused Chris Cornell’s suicide?
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