The widow of Chris Cornell is suing the late Soundgarden frontman’s doctor.
Vicky Cornell alleges that Dr Robert Koblin "negligently and repeatedly" over prescribed “dangerous mind-altering controlled substances” which she claims led tho the singer’s death in May last year.
Rolling Stone (opens in new tab) report that the medical malpractice suit claims that the drugs given to him “impaired his cognition, clouded his judgement and caused him to engage in dangerous impulsive behaviours that he was unable to control, costing him his life.”
The legal papers allege that Koblin prescribed more than 900 does of anti-anxiety drug Ativan from September 2015 until the time of Cornell’s death. The documents also claim that Koblin did not examine the vocalist before prescribing the medication.
The autopsy and toxicology report stated that Cornell had a variety of prescription drugs in his system at the time of his death (opens in new tab), including Ativan along with “butalbital, pseudoephedrine and its metabolite norpseudoephedrine, caffeine, and naloxone” but they “did not contribute to the cause of death.”
Following the coroner's findings, Vicky issued a statement to Rolling Stone saying: “Many of us who know Chris well noticed that he wasn’t himself during his final hours and that something was very off.
“We have learned from this report that several substances were found in his system. After so many years of sobriety, this moment of terrible judgment seems to have completely impaired and altered his state of mind.”
A statue of Cornell was unveiled in his home town of Seattle last month (opens in new tab), while a career-spanning collection of Cornell’s work will be released on November 16.