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Soundgarden Singer Dead

Chris Cornell's wife blames prescription drug

The widow of Soundgarden rocker Chris Cornell has blamed his death on a prescription drug he was taking.

The 52-year-old musician was found dead in a Detroit hotel room on Wednesday, hours after performing with his band in the city. A medical examiner ruled his death a suicide by hanging.

Chris' wife Vicky alerted security staff and asked them to check on her husband, a recovering alcohol and drug addict, as she was worried he had taken Ativan, also known as Lorazepam, a prescription anti-anxiety medication used to treat addiction problems.

"When we spoke after the show, I noticed he was slurring his words; he was different," Vicky said in a statement. "When he told me he may have taken an extra Ativan or two, I contacted security and asked that they check on him."

Ativan is known to cause suicidal thoughts in some patients.

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Cornell was known for his role as one of the architects of the 1990s grunge movement, for his extensive catalog as a songwriter and for his near four octave vocal range as well as his powerful vocal belting technique.

He had openly talked about his addiction to pain killers and alcohol in the past.

When asked how Cornell beat all his addictions he stated:

"It was a long period of coming to the realization that this way (sober) is better. Going through rehab, honestly, did help...it got me away from just the daily drudgery of depression and either trying to not drink or do drugs or doing them and you know, they give you such a simple message that any idiot can get and it's just over and over, but the bottom line is really, and this is the part that is scary for everyone, the individual kinda has to want it...not kinda, you have to want it and to not do that crap anymore or you will never stop and it will just kill you."

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