Chris Cornell’s Family Sues Doctor For Giving Him ‘Dangerous Drugs’

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TMZ reports, “Chris Cornell was funneled dangerous drugs in enormous quantities by his doctor, without so much as a visit or even a phone call, and that’s what caused him to die by suicide … so claims his widow.

Vicky Cornell is suing Dr. Robert Koblin for malpractice, claiming the doctor prescribed 940 doses of the anti-anxiety drug Lorazepam (aka Ativan) as well as Oxycodone during the last 20 months of his life, without even examining the Soundgarden singer, performing lab studies … anything to determine if Chris was in danger.

According to the lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, Chris was a known ‘addiction-prone individual,’ yet the doctor took no steps to protect him. The suit claims, in 2004, Chris’ therapist for his substance abuse referred him to Dr. Koblin, so the doctor well knew Chris was an addict.

The lawsuit alleges Lorazepam increases the risk of suicide in addiction-prone individuals by impairing judgment and rational thinking. It also diminishes impulse control.”

“According to the lawsuit, Dr. Koblin never warned Chris about the dangers of suicide or other side effects of long-term Lorazepam use.

The suit claims Dr. Koblin permitted non-physician staff to write hundreds of Lorazepam prescriptions, without showing any medical necessity or providing any monitoring.

Vicky and her 2 children are suing for unspecified damages.”

In a May 2018 Detroit News article, Chris Cornell’s widow Vicky claims the medical examiner conducted a “botched investigation,” leaving holes in the narrative that have spurred conspiracy theorists to make “all sorts of false accusations and subjected me to constant online attacks.”

“This has left me and my family still looking for answers, but at the same time, set off this whirlwind of conspiracies,” she told The Detroit News. “Some of the people are just fans looking for answers, but some of them are conspiracy theorists who have said the most vile things to my children and me.”

Among the issues Vicky Cornell points out is that the Wayne County medical examiner’s autopsy report stated: “Drugs did not contribute to the cause of death” — which she said is “completely misleading,” spawning speculation that he was killed.

“The poor choice of phrasing has misled the public to believing he was of sound mind and body,” she said. “So some conspiracy people think if Chris wasn’t impaired, he would never have killed himself, and so he must have been killed — and then they start getting into the rest of the holes.”

Later in the article, she discussed her final conversation with Chris.

“When I spoke with him on the phone the night he died, he was slurring his words (and) was on and off incoherent,” she said. “He said he’d taken two Ativan. His bodyguard was supposed to only give him one per night. We didn’t fight; I was just upset that he took more, and I could hear the effect it had. I was not going to enable him. (I said) ‘what do you mean you took two?’

“At that point, I kept asking him what else he took, but he just repeated the same thing over and over again: ‘My ears won’t stop ringing. They blew my voice out.’ I called for help, as I was sure he had taken something else by now. I worried he could have heart attack or stroke. I was asking (what drugs he’d taken) so that I could advise for proper medical attention.

“I imagined (he’d taken) Oxycontin. I recall the ambulance finally arriving after multiple calls and me pleading the hotel to call 911. They would not, despite mine and (Chris Cornell’s bodyguard Martin Kristen’s) efforts.”

  • ellie

    Her story changes every minute. I thought she said he was cocky with her and hung up on her…you are a liar Vicky. Its funny how he “supposedly” took all these drugs, yet the bodyguard had his adivan and gave him 2…so..you must have had the bodyguard monitoring them…so..if he “supposedly” took so many, you knew it..why didn’t YOU get him help, you controlled everything else in his life. Sorry sweetheart, your meal ticket is gone, no one to support you and your parents and brother anymore. His fans think you are a disgrace!!

    • Guest

      Wow her husband died, the kids lost their father, and the vast majority of fans don’t feel the same way as you. Get off the internet, you don’t deserve to be a fan.

      • ellie

        Chris’ real fans and people that know him, know all about Vicky..maybe you should read up about her before you comment.

        • Debbie Jo Abrams Moore

          Maybe you should read up on Vicky!

        • HippieChic61

          What do you mean Chris’s “real fans” ? So anyone who doesn’t buy into the hate you are spreading , isn’t a “real” fan?
          LOL

  • lima85

    She needs to move on, suing this guy won’t bring Chris back.

  • M.

    What a shame this article. As always wanting to impose an agenda. Chris did not have excessive amounts of medication in his system at the time of his death. Stop spreading lies and be the widow’s pawn.

  • BranFAN

    I wish her the best. If that doctor did something legally wrong, he should be dealt with. I just don’t like the way she attacks the medical examiner. The medical examiner has contributed to the conspiracy theories? That is ridiculous. The medical examiner is not a psychic medium and cannot determine Chris Cornell’s state of mind. The medical examiner relies on science to determine cause of death (suicide) and manner of death (hanging). The drugs were at therapeutic levels and determined not to contribute to his death because there is no scientific evidence to support that.

    • ellie

      She attacks anyone or anything for money. Chris said one time that Vicky handled the money..well, she bled him dry along with her family. Chris supported all of them. Look into the Chris and Vicky Cornell fund for charity..there was over 200K in there and only 8k went to a charity..the rest was for expenses..she is doing anything to keep him in the spotlight…her and her mother..money, money, money!

  • Kay B

    Love the pic Olga!

  • Kay B

    This raises more questions than answers. I thought Vic said he became “cocky” over the phone and now it was a calm and loving phone call. I guess you would have to know what mg the script was for. But according to her numbers, that would be roughly 1.5 doses a day which is not unheard of. I take 2 doses a day for anxiety. The BG was (I imagine) trusted to give him his pills and the correct amount. Now she seems to be blaming the BG for giving him the wrong dose? Why was this not brought up earlier? The medical examiner is right. The cause of death is not drugs, it was by hanging. She is grasping at straws for a settlement, which we all knew was coming. But she won’t win when he had thereputic ranges in his system at the time of death. It is not like Prince who was getting many scripts from many docs and taking narcotics. The man just couldn’t go on anymore, nothing more, nothing less. She needs to come to terms with that.

    • makingconnections

      I agree with you completely Kay and thank you for saying it so well….didn’t you predict exactly this action by Vicky very soon after Chris Cornell chose to leave?

      I can’t help but think that Chris must have been dealing with his emotional health secretly and quite likely his wife and her family didn’t know what he’d probably struggled with for many years. What a strong man he was I always think.

      • Kay B

        Yes I had a feeling after I had heard the BG gave him Ativan after the show. I knew a lawsuit was going to be a result. Sometimes these lawsuits work, like the talc causing cancer and many others. I believe Prince’s family won a lawsuit actually. But I don’t see it happening here. Should he have been given the Ativan being a known addict? No probably not. If Vic goes that route maybe she could win, but to say it took his life…..I don’t think that will cut it.

        • makingconnections

          There don’t seem to be so many lawsuits in our country. The doctor’s have very strong organizations and they stick together…we have to sign releases every time we turn around it seems. Prescribing is so closely monitored since the opioid crisis and I’m sure it must be in the US as well. I find it interesting that those that have little knowledge of medications and treatments speak with such judgement of those that need help with mental health and also the doctors that are trying to help them to live. People can develop a tolerance to so many drugs and an amount that could be thought of as a lot is not necessarily so if they’ve been on it long term. There are so many people who have used Ativan for so many years and doctors are reluctant to take them off it if it’s helped them cope for fear of losing them. That’s compassionate care in some cases, but the general public wouldn’t have much sympathy I don’t imagine.

        • Trovoid

          Is anybody going to bring up the whole oxycodone thing? WTF, am I reading this right?

          • makingconnections

            I’ve never heard this before….I’d be worried about a slander suit if I were Vicky Cornell.

          • Trovoid

            As for the 940 doses of Ativan, that was in a 600 day period.. Sounds a lot worse until it’s phrased like that. Vicky’s really grasping at straws here..

            He should not have been on oxycodone (obviously) but he was an adult that knew what he was doing. Assuming that’s even true or not. He had friends around him drinking but you wouldn’t blame them if he relapsed on alcohol.

          • makingconnections

            She’s had someone on the list for a lawsuit quite a number of times historically. Maybe it’s become a coping mechanism!

          • Trovoid

            Blaming other people is easier than accepting Chris wanted out. Like I’ve said before- she is taking his suicide personally because she doesn’t understand brain chemistry.

          • Kay B

            Totally agree.

          • makingconnections

            He didn’t have any oxycodone in his body when he died. I don’t know where this is coming from. Yes, where does personal responsibility and personal choice come into it. This has been an insane journey!

          • Trovoid

            Exactly. It doesn’t stay in the body too long but clearly it didn’t contribute to his death, even if he was prescribed it at some point. Maybe it was given to him for the pain his body endured over the years of performing? Wouldn’t make sense though considering his prior oxy addiction. There are plenty of safer alternatives for painkillers.

          • makingconnections

            You know, when you think of the incredible number of medications and combinations of medications that physicians try in order to help their patients, it wouldn’t make sense to anyone in the public forum to understand the thinking or the efforts being made. For instance my doctor recently said: how did you manage taking….oh, I didn’t fill the prescription, it frightened me….response…well you should try….what about the….oh I didn’t want any weird reactions happening…Oh….so, if someone looked at my physicians file, they’d think I’d been taking a whole bunch of prescribed drugs that I hadn’t because my doctor’s trying to help me sleep.

            I feel quite certain that Chris might have taken Ativan throughout his life–it was the drug of choice in the medical world in the 80’s and continues to be used in certain cases successfully. I hate that they’re demonizing it, especially when the rules have been so tightened up that it’s highly unlikely anyone is being over-prescribed.

          • Trovoid

            I hate that they’re demonizing it too. It’s wrong to speak for everyone else. Life is rough, let people take the meds that help them! I always think of the quote, “The government doesn’t care about what drugs you do, they care about whose drugs you do.” As soon as a lawsuit comes by or they have the inability to tax or profit off of a certain drug- it’s ruined for everyone. The war on drugs has been a pathetic, expensive failure.

          • Kay B

            It has been a big failure and will continue to be.

          • Kay B

            Yeah I am not understanding this. I would like to know why she didn’t think these drugs were a “danger” before the 20 months were up. Why was this not concerning to her before he died?

          • Trovoid

            Right? This should be discussed more. This was going on from September 2015 to May 2017. The doctor said he had a great relationship with Chris AND other family members. It’s likely she decided all of this the night he died because he was slurring his words.

            I’m pretty sure when she talked about his apparent 2009 relapse that she said she wasn’t having it and so he got sober. So why would she ignore a former oxy addict getting prescribed oxys during this time period? This is all bullshit.

  • Cunt Fuckula

    Looks like the ever-opportunistic Vickster is finding herself a new meal ticket since this month’s bloated and unnecessary Chris Cornell boxset will inevitably land with a dull THUD.

    I swear, these bimbos like Vicky, Francis Cobain and Scott Weiland’s ex-wife should form a golddigger supergroup already. We ALL knew this was coming, like all of this “lack of…” bullshit doesn’t point to Chris being addicted to pills.

  • makingconnections

    Maybe some sort of disconnect….not seeing what was right in front of their eyes…the old “creating your own reality” thing. I can’t help but think that they are among the segment of the population that doesn’t think about mental health.

  • HippieChic61

    Then leave guest alone, who ALSO has as much right to her opinion as you do to yours.Hateful wench!

  • HippieChic61

    Why don’t you do the decent thing and leave her TF alone!?
    Brett, Youre an assholoe for letting these idiot continue to bash Vicky!

  • Jr Gough

    Chris Cornell aka Death Faker

    • Skipsma

      Wtf?!

  • makingconnections

    Yes, I must agree that Vicky Cornell became very quickly knowledgeable.