Chris Cornell's widow says she still has 'unanswered questions' about his death

2017-06-01 14:33

Los Angeles - Chris Cornell's widow says she's grateful for the support her family has received in the wake of the Soundgarden frontman's death last month, but still doesn't know what caused him to hang himself.

Vicky Cornell says in a statement on Thursday that she's still awaiting toxicology reports she hopes will clarify the circumstances around her late husband's apparent suicide.

Cornell family attorney Kirk Pasich says Detroit legal officials denied his request for police and toxicology reports because the investigation remains open. The Associated Press sent an e-mail seeking confirmation from the City of Detroit Law Department that Pasich filed a request for police and toxicology reports that was denied.

Chris Cornell was pronounced dead on 18 May when he was found unresponsive in a Detroit hotel room hours after performing a concert.

Read the full statement by the Cornell family attorney and Vicky Cornell here:

Kirk Pasich, attorney for the family of the late Chris Cornell, today said that the City of Detroit Law Department denied a request his firm made under the Freedom of Information Act for reports relating to Chris Cornell’s death, stating: "Based on information provided by personnel from the City of Detroit Police Department (DPD) Homicide Section, it is our understanding that this matter is an open investigation. As such they believe that the release of any information at this time, including the records identified in your request, would compromise and/or interfere with their investigation."

Mr. Pasich confirmed the family has not yet seen any of the police or toxicology reports, noting that the family remains mystified that the medical examiner announced a cause of death when the full autopsy report has not been completed.

Given the information above, Mr. Pasich said that the family hopes there will be an end to speculation about the cause of Mr. Cornell’s death while the family awaits the definitive and complete reports. Vicky Cornell, the late star’s widow, said, "We are grateful for the outpouring of support as we mourn Chris’ passing, but we still have several unanswered questions about what led to his death. We believe the toxicology report will answer these questions."

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