Family of Chris Cornell disputes suicide report

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Chris Cornell and family attend the New York Screening of 'The Promise' at The Paris Theatre on April 18, 2017 in New York City.
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The family of Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell is disputing "inferences that Chris knowingly and intentionally" killed himself.

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The family said in a statement that without toxicology tests completed, they can't be sure what led to his death, or if any substances were involved. According to lawyer Kirk Pasich, Cornell had a prescription for the anti-anxiety drug Ativan, which he said has various side effects.

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Cornell was found dead Wednesday night in his Detroit hotel room after performing at a concert.

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Cornell's wife, Vicky Cornell, said in the statement that when she spoke to her husband after the Detroit show, he told her that he might have taken "an extra Ativan or two" and was slurring his words.

The medical examiner in Detroit said Cornell hanged himself. Police told two Detroit newspapers that the singer was found with a band around his neck.