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Medical examiner insists drugs didn't kill Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell's widow Vicky insists the rocker's death should have been ruled accidental.

The Michigan coroner who released tragic rocker Chris Cornell's toxicology report on Friday (02Jun17) has made it clear the prescription pills in his system did not contribute to his death.

Wayne County Medical Examiner Theodore Brown has spent weeks studying the contents of the Soundgarden star's body at the time of death on 17 May (17) and insists he hanged himself.

In his post mortem report, Brown writes: "Drugs did not contribute to the cause of death. It is my opinion that death was caused by hanging. Based on the circumstances surrounding this death and the autopsy findings, the manner of death is suicide."

He also confirmed the troubled rock star was found "partially suspended by a resistance exercise band in his hotel room", adding his injuries were all "consistent with hanging, partially suspended by the resistance exercise band."

The toxicology report suggests seven different drugs were found in Cornell's system, including a heavy dose of anti-anxiety medication Lorazepam, aka Ativan.

Cornell's widow Vicky insists the rocker's death should have been ruled accidental as the Ativan in his system "impaired and altered his state of mind", but the medical examiner noted that while the level of the drug in the late star's blood was high, it was lower than the levels of those whose deaths are tied to the drug.

The singer committed suicide after performing with his Soundgarden bandmates in Detroit, Michigan on 17 May (17), and his body was reportedly cremated in a low-key ceremony at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles on Tuesday (23May17).

His widow Vicky returned to the famous burial ground with the couple's two children on Friday (26May17), where they were joined by a host of Chris' famous friends and family members, who gathered to pay their last respects to the star.

Guests also included fellow rockers Dave Grohl, Jimmy Page, Courtney Love, Gavin Rossdale, Lisa Marie Presley, and Billy Idol, and actors James Franco, Christian Bale, and Josh Brolin, who delivered one of many eulogies at the ceremony, reports TMZ.com.

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