The singer of Soundgarden, Chris Cornell, died suddenly on May 17, 2017 in Detroit after performing a show. The police ruled his death a suicide, however, his wife, Vicky, speculated that his anxiety medicine (Ativan) had something to do with it. His family also noted that he would never “intentionally end his own life”.
“When we spoke after the show, I noticed he was slurring his words; he was different. When he told me he may have taken an extra Ativan or two, I contacted security and asked that they check on him,” she issued in a statement on Friday morning.
Just last night, his funeral plans were announced. He will be laid to rest in a private ceremony at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Kirk Pasich, Cornell’s family attorney, revealed that Chris’ body had been flown from Detrot, where he was found, to LA on Sunday.
The family also has plans to organize a separate, public memorial for fans to mourn, as well as celebrate the life Chris Cornell had lived as a tribute.
“The family is thinking about a (public) memorial for fans, but is coping now with their loss and the funeral service,” -Pasich, CNN.
Over the weekend, numerous celebrities paid tribute, amongst them were, Corey Taylor from Slipknot, U2, Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bush, and more.
The world is still shocked and saddened by the loss of a rockstar, but also a cultural icon. Some would say he began the grunge rock scene in the 90’s. An indescribable blow to the music industry; he will forever be missed.