Around 12:15 a.m. on May 18, 2017, Cornell was found dead by his bodyguard in the bathroom of his room at the MGM Grand in Detroit after performing at a show with Soundgarden at the Fox Theatre on May 17. He was lying on the floor with an exercise band around his neck.Paramedics arrived at the scene just before 1 a.m. and performed CPR on him. Cornell was pronounced dead at 1:30 a.m. on May 18. The cause of death was determined to be suicide by hanging. Cornell was 52 years old.Footage of his final concert was posted to YouTube.
Cornell’s wife and his attorney contend that until the toxicology report is released his death should not be seen as intentional, as Cornell’s increasing the dosage of a prescription may have distorted his thinking, possibly leading to suicidal ideation. His wife claims that rather than being dismissive about his future, he had earlier that day made intricate plans with her for an upcoming Memorial Day family vacation. She stated, “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.
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