Chris Cornell’s family issued a statement on Friday suggesting that a medication the musician was on might have contributed to his death. “Without the results of toxicology tests, we do not know what was going on with Chris,” Kirk Pasich, an attorney for the Cornell family said. “Chris, a recovering addict, had a prescription for Ativan and may have taken more Ativan than recommended dosages. 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.” Pasich noted that medical literature indicates Ativan can cause paranoid or suicidal thoughts and impaired judgment. In her own statement Friday, Cornell’s widow, Vicky, said she was blindsided by the news and echoed the suggestion Ativan was to blame.
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