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Grunge icon Chris Cornell's widow slams suicide talk

By PA Reporters

Chris Cornell's wife has disputed "inferences" that the rock musician killed himself in a hotel room, saying he might have taken more of an anti-anxiety drug than he was prescribed.

Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office said Cornell - the lead singer in Soundgarden and Audioslave - hanged himself after performing at a concert in Detroit, but his family said that without toxicology test results they do not know what caused his death.

His wife Vicky said that when she spoke to her husband after the show he told her he may have taken "an extra Ativan or two". According to lawyer Kirk Pasich, the 52-year-old musician had a prescription for the anti-anxiety drug.

Ativan, a sedative, has side-effects that can include drowsiness and dizziness, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Mr Pasich added: "Without the results of toxicology tests, we do not know what was going on with Chris - or if any substances contributed to his demise."

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