Chris Cornell’s Brother Is Being ‘Threatened’ And ‘Bullied’

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Chris Cornell’s brother Peter Cornell wrote the following last night.

Friends:

Through Social Media I’ve connected with thousands of you. I’ve discovered my brother belonged to the world and the world is as devastated as I am. You have supported me through my grief with your kindness. EVERYTHING I’ve written or presented has been for the purpose of reciprocating that kindness as we honor the memory of my brother.

Our push-up/suicide prevention awareness messages have connected us in such a meaningful and loving way, allowing us a platform to have a conversation about the stigma associated with suicide. So many of us have been touched by this tragedy. So many.

It’s difficult to imagine this path of healing has generated detractors. Bullies. I am being bullied, emotionally and as of today, threatened. Bullied to change the narrative of this awareness message. Change the message or just drop it entirely. It has reached a point where my own mental health, my sobriety and the safety of my family are at risk. And this bullying is coming from a place I never could have imagined.

I’m going to remove myself from Social Media at this time. I implore you to continue the conversation. Continue the push-ups. Continue to break through this stigma and heal. When the push-ups are finished start again with sit-ups or squats or anything that keeps the momentum going.

From the bottom of my still broken heart, THANK YOU for the way you loved my brother. Thank you for the way you honor him now.

See you around.

PC

Below was Peter Cornell’s final push up challenge post to raise suicide prevention awareness from the prior day:

I think it’s important that we expand our awareness to include the relationship between suicide, substance abuse and depression. There is a direct correlation between the three. 1 in 3 people who take their own life suffer from substance abuse issues. As written in Psychology Today, “many people abuse drugs or alcohol in an attempt to relieve the symptoms of depression, anxiety or other mental health conditions.”

Please talk to someone you trust — a doctor, friend, family, clergy.

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  • Billy

    what fucking scumbags. I do hope the police are involved so they can shut down these cockroaches
    What kind of world do we live in where a man trying to create positivity out of a tragedy is forced to back away from it?

    This is just too much

    • Katie

      A terrible world Billy.
      All of this is sad… just very, very sad.
      And a wonderful talented man with miles of soul is dead.
      I can only pray that the truth will reveal itself in the proper time.
      God has a way of revealing truth, whatever your God is. I will pray for Peter. How sad.

      On a side note, that photo of Peter… he looks so much like Chris.

      Peace

      • Billy

        Sometimes it’s not hard to see why Chris wanted to get the hell off this planet with so many awful ppl out there

        • John Russell

          Billy, this is Chris’s widow and her family doing this to Peter. Please set the record straight. A simple look at the screenshots from Toni Karayannis’s twitter account would provide you all the details you need.

          • Billy

            sadly this is coming to light, didn’t want to believe it was her. I thought it was those murder conspirators. This has become such a gongshow, family fighting over the nature of a man ending his own life. smh

      • dakotablue

        I think that is Chris, innit?

        • AgentX

          No. That photo is of Peter. Peter also sings and does so very well.

        • Katie

          That’s why I asked dakotablue… they look so much alike.
          Irish twins my mother would call them. 🙁

    • Lynn Tyler

      Too many parasites cannibalizing on Chris Cornell’s memory and his bereaved family. As if his loved ones don’t have enough grief to deal with.. It’s disturbing to observe the vile and embittered hatred all those degenerate trolls are vomiting on Cornell’s family.

      • Billy

        it’s like ppl just wait for bad things to happen and then pounce

      • John Russell

        Lynn, this is Chris’s window and HER family doing this to Peter. They don’t seem to like that Peter is recognizing this tragedy as what it is: a suicide that was the result of Chris’s life-long battle with depression. They perfer the narrative that it was an “accident.”

    • John Russell

      Uh, this is the mother in-law and the Karayannis clan doing the bullying. Apparently they don’t like that Peter recognizes it as a suicide and not an “accident.”

      • Desiree Jo Ruiz

        really? no? how do you know this? even if in fact beautiful Chris cornell didn’t commit Suicide and it was an accident ,Theres still the underlying issue ‘Addiction’ In which Peter is bringing awareness . ITS TRUE MOST PEOPLE who suffer from depression become ADDICTS . SELF MEDICATE that in itself IS SUICIDE

    • veyham1

      I had a dream. I was hanging out with Chris Cornell in his basement. It was run down and dingy with an old couch and some ripped chairs and he was wearing an old t-shirt and some jean shorts similar to what he wore back in the day. We were writing some music and jamming on acoustics and he was super happy and having fun. All of a sudden his mother-in-law and wife start yelling his name and he looks at me and his entire countenance and aura changes to very dark and angry. He throws down his guitar and heads up the stairs as I stay on the couch. I then see him upstairs in this ultra lavish home with all the celebrity fixings. He is standing in the kitchen while his wife and mother-in-law start in on him about he needs to do this and that and why haven’t you done this and that and just a complete dress down of the guy. They were both wearing lots of gold and expensive clothing. He and them were water and oil it seemed. A complete contrast. Chris just stood there and was silent. Then he came back down the stairs and started crying. He said this was never what he wanted. Took a few deep breaths, wiped his tears, and just laid back on the couch and stared at the ceiling. I saw the mother-in-law and wife transparent through the ceiling spinning a web that covered him. His creativity was paralyzed or trying to be controlled so it seemed. Then I woke up. There is more to this story then what we are being told my friends. Much more that you’ll never hear from the mainstream media or his wife. Look beyond the veil….

      • Billy

        there is drama with grieving family members, that is the deepness of this.

        • veyham1

          Drama? Threatening his brother’s families life? Safety of his family at risk? This is his fuking biological brother. For the MIL to do this is crazy and most likely criminal. So no this is not normal. Sorry nice try. You really think this is appropriate behavior toward his grieving brother from the MIL? His brother is simply bringing awareness to others so that maybe it doesn’t happen to their family member.

      • Desiree Jo Ruiz

        this makes me so sad. I don’t want to believe it. Look , a persons depression could have nothing to do with the current people surrounding them. we shouldn’t be blaming anyone. we really don’t know ? we don’t know what went on behind closed doors and Ultimately,the choice to die may not of been Chris Choice In his sane mind but unfortunately the insanity ,the disease , the demons won . Its no ones fault….. I wish everyone would stop pointing fingers .I pray that his family could find resolve within themselves and one another . So those children could live as happy of a life as possible with all the support ,all the family and all the love in the world..

        • veyham1

          It’s no one’s fault? No one is to blame? What if he was murdered? Is it still no one’s fault? Where is his computer and mobile phone? Didn’t see those in the released pictures. Where are the folks that came to fix his Apple TV because he wanted to watch his favorite show? You go from ZERO signs of hanging yourself to dead and and stories that keep changing from VK and the BG within minutes? Yea, we’ll keep asking questions because we love Chris and someone needs to give him a voice in the midst of all this BS.

          • Desiree Jo Ruiz

            Thats a completely different story theres still a little a part of me that thinks it may have been a murder… but I’ve tried to lay that to rest . who am I ? Im not in a position to make that claim , I don’t know the facts … and again I’m not in the position to get them. I have no clue what’s going on in the Cornell home ,behind the scenes (I’m sure theres a lot we don’t know surrounding his death) How do we know they aren’t still investigating things ? Im not sure about you ? but I only see what is posted on the web , on the news or word of mouth all of which are UNRELIABLE and from what I’ve seen throughout my 36 yrs 90 % BULLS##$% .I don’t have access to the police reports,medical records and I didn’t Know him personally to piece these things together. Sadly, I never became a detective as I had wanted and sadly i never became his friend or wife as I always wished/dreamed of becoming. So , Ive decided to let his life continue to shine onto mine by letting go of all the UGLINESS reminding myself its not in any of our hands and the truth will come out ,it always does ……

  • Cathy

    Probably the crazy MIL and family

  • Gordon Scott Chip Page

    never could have imagined? he is trying to tell us its coming from vicki and toni.

  • nomad

    Maybe it’s those loony Cornell justice warrior conspiracy theorists. In any case, this is a damned shame.

    • Frodo’s Finger

      It really did bring out an overwhelming number of nuts that apparently knew more about Chris and what happened than his friends, family and the paramedics who responded. At the end of the day we are talking about a man who lost his life.

      Par for the course I suppose. Very sad.

  • qc

    I can’t believe people are doing this to him, wtf…as far as I can remember he was doing push-ups last year for veterans suicide prevention/awereness, months before what happened to his brother.
    All in all, I feel like people should talk about suicide and depression. Saying someone is depressed doesn’t mean that person didn’t love his family or wasn’t happy. Being depressed is being sick, it doesn’t matter how good or bad a life may be perceived. To die by suicide is succumbing to a disease.
    Anyone that has dealt with severe anxiety knows how it can keep you awake for hours(even days) and you just want some peace and then you take pills to sleep that soon become innefective. People sometimes downplay the effects of sleep deprivation caused by anxiety and depression, you simply can’t think straight. And sure some people do get the worst side effects for some meds. I learnt the hard way that you can be the 10% or less affected by a collateral effect. It happens and I sure hope nobody has to face this.
    If Chris was taking those pills it means that he tried to seek professional help, he did try. Respect this.
    I just wonder how long he was taking those, if anything, more than blaming the drug itself, the doctor should’ve noticed something. I tell this because mine spent 3 years insisting on drugs that screw my life over and over again and I only got better after quitting her and finding one that pointed the obvious, that I was having the rare side effects.
    Nothing will bring him back but I hope nobody will be put through this. So do talk about it.

    • Silly People

      Exactly. You said it. We should talk about depression and suicide. I live with depression and an anxiety disorder and it has nothing to do with my family. It’s a life long battle. Some days are better than others. And if Chris had bad anxiety, as it seems he did most of his life, I understand his need for meds. If my anxiety is really bad, I could pace my house all night worrying and not get a wink of sleep of it wasn’t for my med. I do think someone in Chris’s life should have noticed he was struggling. He hasn’t looked well in the last couple of years. If us fans noticed, why didn’t his doctor or his immediate family? Maybe he shouldn’t have been touring right now. And you’re right- the meds would indicate he was trying to manage his illness, he was fighting to save himself. I think sometimes people just get tired of the fight.

      • Kay B

        Thank you to both posts. I have depression/anxiety and every day is different and a struggle. It needs to be talked about. What kind of people threaten or bully someone about this issue? RIP Chris. Spread the love for him: https://theprose.com/challenge/5582

      • bp

        I am glad people are being open to the depression anxiety aspect of his life and death. He didn’t die from alcohol abuse or an oxy od. I read an article, can’t remember the source, that he had been having sleeping problems a good year or more and had been prescribed meds for the anxiety and I am going to assume here depression that can go hand in hand. As he stated in an old interview and I am paraphrasing suddenly the depression comes back for no reason,nothing bad happened, someone didn’t die, but here it is back again and next thing you have a rope around your neck. As a person who has suffered the same affliction most of my life I can tell you I have done a great job covering it up. I have made it my job when the other shoe drops to shield my children co-workers etc. from what is really going on in my body and head. I think he put up his best front as long as he could suffering with these afflictions. Has nothing to do with not loving people he cared about. I applaud his brother and hope he continues the fight to bring more awareness.

        • Silly People

          No he didn’t die from drugs- his toxicology report doesn’t indicate a relapse either. A relapse for Chris would be oxy and booze. Chris did openly discuss his lifelong battle with depression in interviews and in his songs and I recall the comment you are referring to. He spoke about hanging in his songs more than once. His last video was pulled offline because it shows Chris be hanged. Hanging is something he clearly thought about. He also once said that he used to open windows when he was high up somewhere and think about what it would be like to jump out the window. As someone who has lived with depression and anxiety since I was a kid, I think the two do go hand in hand in many cases. And like you, I put on a brave face to my family and friends. I hide my illness well. I think Chris was struggling for a while and he took extra ativan so he wouldn’t be scared to take his own life that night. I think suicide is really dying from sadness. I’m so sorry he was in so much pain. We all need to keep talking about this subject. It affects so many of us- depression, anxiety, addiction and suicide. The fact the people like us feel the need to hide our illness is fu**ing wrong.

          • bp

            Well said. The stigma sucks! We fight the fight everyday. I have not lost any respect for CC, just very sad he got to the point of no return. Something fueled that moment, the flame had been burning and the gasoline got poured onto it. Boom! When rest, compassion, reflection on what was really important at this time is what was needed, stress and expectations to keep the lifestyle going took precedence, just my opinion.

          • Silly People

            It does suck and people who haven’t lived with it really don’t understand how debilitating depression and anxiety can be. So many times I’ve been told just “don’t worry so much”. lol It makes me so sad for Chris that it came to this for him. I don’t think any less of him either. I just wish someone in his life had recognized that he was struggling and taken care of him. I don’t think touring was the best thing for him, at least not this year. As you said, he needed a break. He needed to be with people who really cared about him.
            But I think you hit the nail on the head when you said that expectations to keep the lifestyle going for certain people took precedence. He was a meal ticket. And that makes me furious. He deserved better.

    • dakotablue

      I read that one in every three people in this country suffers from depression.

  • Silly People

    I bet it’s the crazy mother in law. She doesn’t like him saying it was suicide. She wants him to call it an “accident”. Sure- he accidentally made a noose and secured it to a door and hung himself, after battling depression for years and seeming to have a fixation on hanging in song and video. Chris himself said a person can seem fine one day and the next day he’s hanging from a rope. I understand the need for denial when you are coping with the loss of a loved one to suicide- I’ve been there. But attacking his brother for trying to help other families and make something positive out of his grief is just disgusting. Poor Peter. I hope he comes back to social media one day, his message is important.

    • Kay B

      Agreed.

    • templeofthedogma

      x2. If denial is a part of her coping process, fine. But the way she continually makes others “feel her wrath” is just sick and disgusting.

      Not which of her attacks are nastier…. taking a pic of Cornell’s daughters to trash Eddie Vedder (play on PJ song “Daughter”) – on the flight to Cornell’s service no less…. or going after Chris’ brother for trying to raise awareness / start a dialogue / help other familes / etc.

      • Silly People

        Absolutely. Denial is part of coming terms with a death, especially when someone you love takes their own life. But I don’t think it excuses her atrocious behavior since Chris died. All the crap with Eddie Vedder, attacking Chris’s brother like this, ranting on Twitter day and night, telling the world Chris “chose” her as his mother over his own, saying Chris never loved his first wife, speaking as though Chris’s first daughter didn’t mean anything to him. Chris seemed like a very private guy and I can’t imagine he would be happy about anything she’s been saying.

    • Eleanor

      Well said…

  • templeofthedogma

    Vicky, but especially her mother / Chris’ mother-in-law (Toni) kind of disgust me.

    My impression is that they are the type of people who are taking it very personally that Cornell committed suicide. In other words, why would a man kill himself who had such a great life with an amazing wife and a terrific mother-in-law? This is, of course, a very selfish and self-centered point of view and completely stigmatizes suicide and depression.

    In contrast, Peter’s openness and attempt to start a dialogue and raise awareness was completely refreshing.

    Vicky has basically gone so far as to say Cornell relapsed as an addict and had 1 lapse in judgement… the MIL has completely denied Chris could have possibly had any depression issues… they both want to place 100% blame on Ativan or term it an “accident” not a suicide…. the list goes on and on.

    On the flight to the funeral, Toni tweeted a pic of Cornell’s daughter as a means to attack Eddie Vedder. WHO. DOES. THAT.

    It’s super strange feeling as though I know Chris better than his own mother in law, just because I know his lyrics. She thinks he wasn’t depressed because he bought an expensive rug or made some Memorial Day Plans…. I on the other hand read the lyrics to Dead Wishes, Outshined, Pretty Noose, Burden in my Hand, Let Me Drown, Drown Me Slowly, Somedays, on and on and on and on.

    • Silly People

      Excellent post. And really, even the relapse idea doesn’t make sense. The main drug in his system was Ativan. To me what makes sense is that Chris took more Ativan than usual so that he wouldn’t feel scared to take his own life.

      Peter was very brave to talk about his pain like he did. And how dare his mother-in-law try to dictate how he grieves for his brother? She clearly didn’t know Chris very well. As you said, his music told a story and she seems to be totally oblivious to that story. She is also clueless about addiction and depression, based on the nonsense she’s been saying online.

      • Cathy

        Yes, and the reason he was on the Ativan was because of his ANXIETY and DEPRESSION! That tells me all I need to know. He wasn’t a drug addict!! He was depressed and the depression was too much to live with. Unfortunately the medicine couldn’t save him. Not all medicine works.

        • Silly People

          Exactly. As someone who lives with anxiety and depression, I can say that the meds are not a cure. They are a coping tool. The medications that make your brain feel the most out of sorts are the anti-depressants. They can also be very hard to go off of due to all the side effects and he wasn’t taking those. The anti-anxiety meds just relax you. I take Ativan if I’m about to have a panic attack.
          I really do think sometimes people just get tired of living with it. None of the drugs in his system would indicate a relapse. His drugs of choice were oxy and booze.

          • Cathy

            I was on Paxil for awhile for anxiety. It helped a little but I had a friend who was on it and it didn’t do a damn thing for her. Everyone is different. If you’re depressed and prescribed medicine and it’s not working, you need to let your doctor know immediately! If you kill yourself while on the medication, it doesn’t mean the medicine killed you, it means the medicine probably wasn’t working IMO.

      • Carla Sandra

        She sounds too shallow to understand Depression.

    • Carla Sandra

      “Murderer of Blue Skies”, “Before We Disappear”, ‘Nearly Forget My Broken Heart”, “Worried Moon” are just a few songs from his last album “Higher Truth” and his final tweet “No More Bullshit”, suggested he was sick of the toxic lies.

  • Gabi Sermoneta

    If the in laws or Vicky are behind this, then this is really worrying. He says “bullied and threatened”. Threat of what? This is insane. The only reason why they wouldn’t want him to confirm the suicide story is because maybe of insurance money? Insurance pays even in case of suicide (if it happens within 2 years since the policy was taken). But regardless , if this is reason, then they are a bunch of horrible greedy people. And then threatening his brother???

    • Lynn Tyler

      Another fake account, Niklussix? Get a job, you sad old loser! While you’re at it, get a life as well. You pathetic cockroach..

    • AgentX

      “And this bullying is coming from a place I never could have imagined.” …..that part is what jumps out at me. Sounds personal.

      • Gabi Sermoneta

        It might be well from the in laws. I never took the time to go and have a look at this whole story on twitter (am not even on twitter). But apparently there is a post from this woman to Chris’s brother about the suicide awareness campaign. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9bfba85aed4859a373f2b9ffe17790dbfa6d4a9563c337f7a9bdecdfef34ccf0.png
        Scary she says she was with him 24h/7days …
        This whole story is turning really bad.

        • bp

          Thats sick in itself. Hovering over a man that clearly needed space at times.

    • Jck

      Threat of lawsuit.

      • Gabi Sermoneta

        lawsuit for what?

  • ZenMaster Han

    Neinleiben

  • Melissa

    It looks like Peter has shut down his Facebook and twitter. It horrifies me to think about how Chris may have been treated. I guess the threats and bullying was successful.

  • nomad

    I really hope it isn’t Chris’ in-law family that is causing this. It’s so much better when families and friends can pull together and support each other when a tragedy like this happens.

  • Desiree Jo Ruiz

    what?? why was he being pressured not too!! ?? why what was the harm in what he was doing?????? I just read and article cause I was reading your post . Thats pretty damn shitty. WTF? I am living testimony to have fallen victim of depression/substance abuse /and attempted suicide. …Its real . People need to know and understand it and if the Cornells could bring awareness through this tragedy,it’d be amazing.

  • Desiree Jo Ruiz

    This makes me so sad. People are painting an ugly portrait of his ex and mother in law that I don’t want to believe ,don’t know if I believe ? we don’t know.. Look , a persons depression could have nothing to do with the current people surrounding them. we shouldn’t be blaming anyone. we really don’t know ? we don’t know what went on behind closed doors ! Ultimately,the choice to die may not of been Chris Choice In his sane mind but unfortunately the insanity ,the disease , the demons took over and won that night . Its no ones fault….. I wish everyone would stop pointing fingers .I pray that his family could find resolve within themselves and one another For his children so they could live as happy of a life as possible (without a father) with all the support ,all the family and all the love in the world..I pray that all the negativity surrounding Chris Cornell’s death will STOP . I PRAY THAT HIS NAME WILL LIVE ON I PRAY THAT THIS TRAGEDY WILL ONLY BRING GOOD .I PRAY THIS WILL SAVE LIVES…..