Chris Cornell was 'high' during show before his death

Published By Alexa Caruso on May 25, 2017

Chris CornellA longtime confidant of the late Audioslave and Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell has told TMZ that Cornell was "high" and "f****d up" during his concert in Detroit last week, but he was not depressed.

House engineer and tour manager, Ted Keedick, who worked with Cornell for the last 10 years told the tabloid site, "Chris was out of character from note 1 of the show. I've never heard or seen him that way before, at least if we did not cancel a show."

Cornell would later be found dead by security after hanging himself in his hotel washroom hours after the show at the Fox Theater last Thursday.

Cornell's wife Vicky said in a statement last week that she had spoken with her husband after the show, and when his speech was slurred and he mentioned he had taken an "extra Ativan or two," she asked security to check on him.

Potential side effects of Ativan include slurred speech and suicidal thoughts.

She also said: " loved our children and he would not hurt them by intentionally taking his own life."

The fact that Keedick asserts Cornell did not seem depressed, even being in good spirits during the pre-show sound check, is in line with what the singer's widow believes about her husband not "intentionally taking his own life," with the act seeming out of character for the talented musician.

The results of toxicology tests have yet to be released, confirming the presence of any medication. ~Alexa Caruso

Comments & Discussion

  1. Pamela Jessen • 5/25/2017 12:11:07 PM

    Whether Chris was high or not, the fact still remains that we've lost an incredible talent and a truly remarkable man. No toxicology report is going to change that. RIP Chris...true peace. Love and prayers to Vicky and to your kids.

  2. J. • 5/25/2017 8:04:40 PM

    What? So he accidentally hung himself? Of course he committed suicide, the family just does not want to admit it. It's a tragedy no matter what led him to do it, more so if it was depression left unchecked.

  3. Sarah • 5/25/2017 8:23:06 PM

    People accidentally hang themselves.David Carradine accidentally hung himself for sexual pleasure.I am in no way saying that's what happened, but my point is things aren't always what they seem.

  4. TeeDee • 5/26/2017 8:21:53 AM

    I have to agree that there is no more 'intentional' act than putting a belt or rope around one's own neck and fastening it to something to hang oneself to it. Also, if it was the same incident as David Carradine, that was a foolhardy, dangerous and desperate way to get off. He wasn't thinking about his children in this at all. Sorry. My condolences to his family and friends.

  5. Lee Mac • 5/26/2017 1:31:21 PM

    Never heard of this Moron before ! surely this Must be Trumps fault ? Bwahahahahaha

  6. Sarah • 5/26/2017 1:59:53 PM

    My point was he may not have intended to end his life.People do dangerous stuff for kicks all the time!

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