Chris Cornell’s Widow Sues Doctor Over Suicide
The Associated Press is reporting that Chris Cornell's widow, Vicky, is suing the late singer's doctor, Robert Koblin, under the premise that he knowingly overprescribed drugs to Chris. The suit was filed in the Los Angeles Superior Court and alleges that Koblin gave Chris drugs that led to "erratic behavior" before his death in 2017. Alongside Vicky in the case are her children, Toni and Christopher, who will serve as plaintiffs. Ultimately, the suit is seeking damages that will be determined at a later time.
Furthermore, the suit claims that Koblin provided “dangerous mind-altering controlled substances to Chris Cornell which impaired Mr. Cornell’s cognition, clouded his judgment, and caused him to engage in dangerous impulsive behaviors that he was unable to control, costing him his life.”
It continues, describing the potential side-effects a drug Chris was taking: “[The] unmonitored use of such excessive amounts of lorazepam ... was known to increase the risk of suicide because it can severely impair judgment, thinking and impulse control and diminish the ability of a patient to think and act rationally.” It is alleged that Chris was never made aware of the drug's possible usage implications.
Chris' death was ruled a suicide by investigators. Although a number of drugs were found in the rockstar's system - including Ativan, barbiturates, caffeine, an anti-opioid substance called naloxone and a decongestant - the final autopsy report claimed the drugs were not the cause of death.
“At the time of his death, Mr. Cornell had everything to live for and was planning a future of recordings, performances and continued work as a charitable activist,” the lawsuit adds.
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