Chris Cornell’s Widow Reveals Why He Had ‘Inability To Sing’ At Final Show

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Chris Cornell’s widow Vicky discussed his final performance with Soundgarden in Detroit before his death, and how his prescription drug abuse led to bizarre behavior.

“So his stumbling, inability to hear constant ringing in his ears , inability to sing, making up words, slurring his words was caused by what? I’m sure you can explain it better than NIDA!”

The NIDA is the National Institute of Drug Abuse. Vicky Cornell is a member of the Advisory Board at the Addiction Policy Forum.

Vicky also tweeted, “It does make sense because you are not factoring in withdrawal, an addicts brain chemistry and the combination of 2 CNS Depressants -barbiturates act like alcohol. It’s not 1+1=2 situation. Substance use disorders and the synergistic effects of meds are complex.”

In a recent ABC Good Morning America interview, Chris Cornell’s widow Vicky detailed his drug relapse. During one weeklong period, “he took 20-something pills,” she said. “And in a nine-day period, 33.”

Vicky Cornell recalled the year before her husband’s death, when she said he fell back into addiction after being sober since 2003.

“Approximately a year before he died, he was prescribed a benzodiazepine to help him sleep,” she said. “He had torn his shoulder … the pain in the shoulder was waking him up at night and it was keeping him up.”

The new drugs changed her husband, she said.

“The brain of someone who has a substance use disorder is different from that of … someone who doesn’t,” Vicky Cornell said. “He relapsed.”

“He had really delayed speech,” she recalled of the dark time when her husband’s addiction took over. “He was forgetful.”

Last March, Chris Cornell reached out to a colleague for help, writing in an email, “Would love to talk, had relapse.”

She also recalled a conversation she had with him in 2017 about his prescription drug use.

“I just remembering seeing him and I said, ‘You know, you’re walking like my Grandfather.’ He said to me, ‘Oh you know what, I’ll just stop taking it.’ I said, ‘Okay.’ He didn’t.”

“In retrospect I’ve learned it’s not supposed to be given to anybody who is in recovery, and if you have to give it, they have to be closely monitored, and it shouldn’t be given for more than two to three weeks.”

Cornell died in May 2017, and the death was ruled as a suicide by hanging. Vicky Cornell says that Chris’ prescription drug use is what drove him to his death.

  • Olga Stewart

    His ears weren’t ringing.

    His ‘in ears’ were not working.

    According to Vicky (shortly after Chris passed away), he was complaining to her on the phone about this.

    And this article confirms that: https://globalnews.ca/news/3480916/chris-cornell-death-wife-vicky-final-moments/

    • azur Rienne

      Yeah the fact that she was a bitch to him on the phone moments before isn’t mentioned anymore on her antidrug Mrs Martyr tour

      • Christina Hurst

        Has she gotten that life insurance yet? Hmm

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        • mickeymousebullshite

          Dude. You don’t think she had access to his funds before? Dumb comment.

          • Kay B

            You still say dude? Nothing speaks single more than that.

          • Damian Karamazov

            Nothing speaks “no man even looks at me” like your comment above.

          • makingconnections

            Are you a woman?

          • Kay B

            If only that were true. My life would be easier.

          • Kay B

            Most life insurance will not pay out to suicides. Therefore, if you have been following, which you haven’t, Vicky wants the coroner to state Ativan was the cause of death not suicide by hanging. That way she can get a pay out. We know she had access to his money, that’s what it really boils down to. The Birkin bags and nose job tells us this. Dumb comment.

          • mickeymousebullshite

            Hmmm, curious. It seems I have a little catching up to do.

          • Kay B

            Look we don’t have to agree but it is nice when you know about what has been going on the past 9 months. Everything from the police report to the tox test to the autopsy and what Vicky has been doing. We can have a respectful conversation. It does happen.

          • Christina Hurst

            My comments arent dumb. However yours is.

      • mickeymousebullshite

        Strong words. Have you EVER been in a relationship with somebody? Your avatar would suggest that you have not, as well as your narrow-minded comment. Couples sometimes don’t get along. You are a hateful and relentless scumbag if you truly think that.

        • Robin Fox

          Her words are strong and hateful, very hateful.

        • Olga Stewart

          What the hell does an avatar have to do with anything.

          So I guess since you said that Christina had a dumb comment, I am also going to say that this avatar remark of yours was dumb.

          • Christina Hurst

            Thanks Olga.

          • Olga Stewart

            You’re welcome.

        • Kay B

          I would not be talking about some ones else’s avatar if I were you Mickey Mouse.

    • Bruno Sílvio Martins

      You’re seriously blaming the woman for his death… that’s just sad…

      • Kay B

        She is blaming Ativan which is equally sad.

        • mickeymousebullshite

          I don’t follow. Care to elaborate?

          • Kay B

            It’s hard to elaborate when people show up thinking they know this thread so well. This thread has had serious discussions since last May. You want me to put everything discussed in a box and put a bow on it for you. If you don’t follow then go back to all the articles about Vicky blaming Ativan for his death. His tox screen was clean. Do some work yourself.

          • mickeymousebullshite

            Ok, I respect that.

          • Kay B

            Thank you. I give you credit.

        • Olga Stewart

          I’m sorry to latch onto this comment Kay but this comment is for Bruno.

          I’ve blocked you. So I can’t see what you are saying.

          But please feel free to keep talking to yourself.

      • Jay Valente

        Listen to the song song scream. Listen to his last album. Even he blames her for his death

    • K.M

      Quit blaming her..it gets really old. She more then likely was trying to get out of him what he had taken and how much.,which probably wasn’t easy seeing the state of mind he was in at that time. She was his wife and knew him more then any of us. We are just guessing as to what happened that night…loved his music but never knew him personally.

      • Olga Stewart

        I don’t think she did know him.

        And I’m sorry but I do believe she has played a part in his death.

        Maybe not directly. But she still is involved.

        • Kay B

          She didn’t know him. But we have been on here for 9 months knowing all the dumb shit V posts. These people don’t know. If V knew him, she would stop changing her stories and just come out with the truth. If she is saying there is no way depression wasn’t part of his death, she didn’t know him. These people are late to the party.

          • Olga Stewart

            These people also refuse to both listen and to do some research.

      • mickeymousebullshite

        Yes. 100%.

    • mickeymousebullshite

      “In Ear” monitors are super important for musicians on a large stage, it’s difficult to hear what your band is doing without them. She obviously couldn’t foresee this playing out like it did, and the two could have been in an argument; you’re thinking of a perfect world scenario and it is comforting to think something coulda saved Chris. However it is NOT her fault for failing to handle the situation like an overprotective mother. Any logical red-blooded human being would have called his bodyguard (the person accompanying her husband) with any concerns. C’mon, use your brain.

      • Olga Stewart

        Had it been my husband, I would have called 911.

        Then I would have called his Mom.

        I would not have called an insurance lawyer minutes after my husband passed away.

      • Olga Stewart

        And I am using my brain.

        Else various of you users would not be trying to either challenge me or being troll like (behaviour wise) towards me.

      • Kay B

        The bodyguard couldn’t get in the room when he asked the desk the first time around. They wouldn’t let him. So if I was using my brain, and that attempt failed and my husband was hanging himself while on the phone with me I would call 911.

        • Christina Hurst

          Vicky hung up on Chris to call the body guard? No sense..I would of stayed on the phone with him…collected myself and Calmed him down. But we will never know. I still believe she gave him hell on the phone with all sorts of threats.

    • Robin Fox

      Thank you, I agree 100%, she is a hateful bitch, driven by revenge it seems-dragging his memory through this is unforgivable, in my opinion.

    • Pamela Hardy Rothrock

      Bull shit, bitch has a lot to say now….where the fuck was you then?

  • Allison Auld

    Why is she arguing with people over Twitter about this sad situation?? Why does the whole world have to share her beliefs? I kind of understand – she would prefer to have her children believe that he had no agency in his own death. But she doesn’t understand that he didn’t – Ativan or no Ativan. He was mentally ill. Why is addiction somehow more acceptable to her than depression? And if he WAS that bad off during the show, why did the bodyguard give him more pills afterward? The more she talks, the more I really wonder what said during that final phone call.

    • makingconnections

      Excellent Post!
      She’s definitely making things worse for herself with attempts to be taken seriously. It was too much many months ago and it’s definitely too much now. The idea of someone with so little instinct for decent behaviour being on a board concerning helping addicts is alarming. It seems there’s nothing she won’t do in order to feel she’s won this PR battle.

      • Robin Fox

        Her behavior is repulsive indeed, very disrespectful in my opinion.,not only to him, but for all of the”typical junkie musicians” she referred to in one interview, I can not understand her comments, she is hateful, just hateful. The time to discuss relapse has passed, he is not able to defend himself.

        • makingconnections

          I’ve always felt, from the moment Chris Cornell died, that Vicki Cornell interfaced her story of their life together over his legacy. I hope there will come a day when we think of Chris as an individual, a fine musician and songwriter and a good person. So many other artists like Prince, David Bowie, Gord Downie and on and on are remembered for their work, not their wive’s internet presence. Maybe someday we’ll forget this and justice will be done.

          • Robin Fox

            Thank you for the reply. I agree that many talents are not given credit for their talents, and he so many,truly talented. He will be missed.

          • makingconnections

            I just today got out some of Soundgarden’s music to listen to. I must admit that when all is said and done, that’s my favorite era of Chris Cornell’s music, his work with that band..but the rest is so fine too. I heard him say that he had so many songs written that he would never get to…what a prolific artist he was.

            I sometimes feel guilty that I’ve spent too much time being negative towards Vicki Cornell. From the very beginning I wanted her to stop speaking of her husband as though he was her personal property. It could have gone so differently for her if she’d been calm in her grieving, or not on social media at least. When I see the pictures of her daughter accompanying her everywhere it makes me think of how we can think we’re doing the right things for our children, when in fact we’re putting them in positions that they should never be in. I think through all these conversations we’ve all learned so much about the internet and how easy it is to be foolish by posting your every thought….I’ve made a fool of myself many times!! I’ve learned so much about addiction and depression as well, which I now understand are so completely linked. Take Care.

          • Robin Fox

            I also enjoy the Soundgarden era, I believe his talents shined in all phases of his growth as a musician. His drug use was significant throughout Soundgarden, I find is solo and Audioslave work fantastic especially Screa, which was panned by critics, but dove into the experimentation I believe he craved. Take care

    • Kay B

      I have been asking this whole time: If he was acting out of it why did the BG give him more pills? She is willing to show the phone when it deals with his relapse, show the phone dealing with that night then Vic.

    • Robin Fox

      I have also questioned that last phone call. How could she have allowed him to tour when so ill? He was not ill enough to stop creating or to earn money that under normal circumstances could have waited. A true loss.

    • Christina Hurst

      Her rants just show her desperation. In her eyes she did everything right. But as brilliant as Chris was he was weak to fall in her web and stay there. She took real good care of him for her and her families benefit. She made him to believe he was stuck.

  • Christina Hurst

    She said, “There were signs”. Well damn…then DO SOMETHING! Put your Shopping list down and retreat..hibernate..tell him none of this shit matters If your not here with me and the kids. Tell him you will do whatever it takes…again and again because he deserves to live and be happy. Damnit!!!

  • QTPI40

    I recall one of her first statements was that his “in-ears were not working”, not ringing. I recall that in People magazine she said he had not relapsed since 2009, not 2017. I also recall that the toxicology report stated he had a therapeutic amount of Ativan in his system, and “drugs did not contribute to his death”. Honey, people are starting to see right through you. Your little board seat does not make you seem any more credible than you have been from day one. At least we now have the comfort of knowing that Chris is FINALLY at peace, which is something he obviously had not had much of in the last years of his life.

    • Olga Stewart

      Unfortunately, I don’t think both Toni and Christopher Jr. are going to have an easy time of this.

    • Robin Fox

      You are correct!!!

  • suz

    THIS IS NOT THE SAME STORY REPORTED FROM HER INITIAL STATEMENTS.

    every time she opens up her mouth something comes out that is in complete contrast to what she said about his death initially. it was “surprise and inexpected;” “i didn’t see it coming;” and much of the convo interaction w/him she appears stunned by what to do — now she’s a expert.

    there’s something very wrong w/that woman.

    this dude writer will keep rehashing the same story over and over again until you believe. DON’T.

  • makingconnections

    Vicki, get a life!!!

    Get a life that doesn’t involve analyzing your husband who left nearly a year ago. He deserves dignity in death and you are using him in a terrible way.

    • mickeymousebullshite

      She is rallying against drug corps who are trading lives for BILLIONS of dollars, every single day. Ever make that connection?

      • makingconnections

        She knows very little about the situation in the world with drugs and addiction. She’s very new to this issue and yet speaks as an expert. She’s way out of her league and this problem needs intelligent informed people to be involved in the discussion.
        Vicki Cornell is all over the board and doesn’t seem to respond to questions regarding the donations she’s received for her charities. Is it time for her to go off in another direction and save the world from opioids when she was full of concern for refugees a few months ago. . . and as I said . . .never any answers to questions regarding transparencies with donations.

  • Kay B

    My cat’s breath smells like cat food.

    • matt

      touche ralph!

      • Kay B

        Well we all need a break from the convo.

  • Jay Valente

    You guys catching on yet? All you have to do isn’t listen to the lyrics of his most recent songs, higher truth, the song scream…. he tells you the truth.

    • Damian Karamazov

      The same “Higher Truth” album that is dedicated to his best friend / soul mate/ and love of his life Vicky Cornell? The same “Higher Truth” album that includes the song “Josephine” which Cornell has said was the song he wrote asking Vicky to marry him (he changed the name of the song for the album)? Yes, I know it has “Murderer of Blue Skies”. Of course I initially interpreted it as referring to Vicky, but then why dedicate the album to her and refer to her as his best friend and soul mate? By your logic, “Wrong Side” would be about Chris as well, and yet it’s fictional, and Cornell has stated that he doesn’t write songs about personal events in his life. He has also said that the protagonist (the voice) in his songs isn’t necessarily the author of the song. Take “Wrong Side” and “Misery Chain” as an example. If you ask me to find the exact video interview where he said it, I won’t be able to find it, but it was during the Carry On / Scream era.

      • Kay B

        The same guy who told Vicky to fuck off and hung up on her many times that night. Yea that guy. Looks like they weren’t soul mates that night.

        • Damian Karamazov

          Guess you’ve never been in a relationship, because husbands and wives, they argue… a lot. Doesn’t mean they don’t love each other, but it does mean that the honeymoon period wears off, and you get irritated at one another. That’s pretty normal, and it doesn’t mean they’re not soul mates. Plus, it has to be quite difficult to maintain a relationship with someone that is on the road a lot. She signed up for it, but I’m sure it could get difficult. Lastly, I’m pretty sure if your husband were relapsing into drug use (or cheating, who knows), you’d have an attitude as well. If you ever get a boyfriend or a husband, you might find that out… but that doesn’t seem likely, judging by your personality. There’s always videos and photos of Vicky’s husband, I guess…

          • Kay B

            I have been happily married for 11 years now. One reason among many more is that my husband checks in and realizes I do in fact have depression/bipolar. That’s what a good spouse does. Judging by your comments you have the IQ of a bucket of hair. If my husband was on the road relapsing, and yes my husband was in a death metal band I know what being on the road is all about….I would get him help and take him off the road. Not make him continue touring. He would be my number one not a bunch of cash for me to spend. I like my personality. Matter of fact many people do. I don’t need videos of Vicky’s husband, I make my own videos with my husband. Unfortunately it sounds like you will never make videos of your own. Well maybe on your own.

          • Damian Karamazov

            Sounds like somebody forgot to take her meds this morning. That’s cool baby. Let me know where I can send you a video of myself… for when you have some alone time I mean. I’ll make sure and play “All Night Thing” real low in the background. You can watch it while your rock star husband is touring the death metal dive bar circuit.

          • Kay B

            Wow that sounds horrific.
            My husband used to open for Slayer, Cannibal Corpse, Lamb of God and Pantera. Nice try though.

          • Damian Karamazov

            Your husband sounds like a real bad ass. Way to put me in my place. I bet all the death metal groupies are jealous of you.

          • Kay B

            I never thought I would say this because there have been a lot of photo finishes on here but you are literally too stupid to talk to. Good day.
            Also, don’t ever breed.

          • Damian Karamazov

            Wait… I thought there was some chemistry between us. Oh well. It was nice talking to you sexy. Night night. XXOO

          • Kay B

            I said good day.

          • Olga Stewart

            Bucket of hair?

            Burn!

  • Damian Karamazov

    Everybody needs to chill. VC was not in Detroit when CC ended his life. If her story has “changed” a few times, isn’t it probable that she’s gradually learned more about what did happen that night and during the previous months (following the autopsy and police reports)? Don’t you think Chris hid his relapse from his own wife? I’m sure her relationship with Chris was rocky and they probably argued during their last conversation, but you can’t blame her for wanting to keep that private. The only person responsible for Chris Cornell’s death is Chris Cornell. Even Matt Cameron supports Vicky’s campaign. What does that tell you? It seems like there are a bunch of females on here who are obsessed with Chris and jealous of the Mrs. He was in love with Vicky, not you all, so just be content with your litter of kittens and your fat, balding husbands and leave the poor lady alone. You all are cyber bullying her and you’re going to drive her to suicide. I’m sure Chris would NOT agree with your behavior.

    • makingconnections

      Vicki Cornell doesn’t keep anything private…and therein lies the problem. Wherever her mind roams each day, we hear about it. She should stop her PR campaign.

      P.S. I love Chris Cornell’s music, but I sure do love the way my husband looks. I love his cowboy swagger, his slow smile, hell, I’m even in love with his muddy boots at the door!

      • Olga Stewart

        About your husband: AAAaaawww!!!

    • 183mn

      Thank you for saying exactly what I’m thinking…jealous females. Chris Cornell’s close friends stated in interviews what a shock his death was to them. They all said he was very happy and he loved his wife and children. If these people really care about Chris Cornell they should show respect and sympathy to his loved ones while they grieve his loss.

      • makingconnections

        I would love to imagine Vicki Cornell grieving the loss of her husband in a healthy way….who’s to be the judge of healthy? I don’t know, but I can’t believe her internet presence and ongoing efforts in magazines and on TV give her much time to be reflective on her life with Chris Cornell. The more she promotes herself, the more it provokes many of her husband’s fans. It was predictable from the moment he died. It was said: “This woman wants to be famous but she’s more likely to become infamous.” I believe she’s making that happen with every PR effort. Had she taken the lead of many other widows who were married to famous men and been private and quiet, she may have the respect she longs for today. Maybe if she stayed quiet from today on, she and her family would have a better future. She just can’t seem to help herself.
        Notice that the only time she’s talked about is in response to something she’s said publicly. She feels bullied? Many of us feel she’s bullying her husband in death.

        • 183mn

          Vicky IS getting bullied. She gets attacked for everything she says or does. I think it’s disgusting how anyone can be so shallow and cruel,. Ever lose someone that you love? Well, it’s perfectly normal to vent and try everything possible to feel close to that person. It’s a way of hanging on to them. She’s most likely feeling extremely lonely, lost and in shock. The grieving process usually takes 2 years…until you are ready to accept and move forward. Obviously she’s having a tough time trying to process his sudden death…happened not all that long ago. Suicide is the absolute worst…goes right to the core and takes a long time until you are able to wrap your head around it. I’m sure her loss is an absolute nightmare for her. Can’t believe people are so cal

          • makingconnections

            I know grief very, very well. I couldn’t go out for quite some time because if a person asked how I was, I burst into tears. I realize that we’re all different….some never shed a tear and have a different process. I get all of that; however, her ongoing attempt to be in the limelight, I can’t connect with grief. She could actually be doing damage to others by trying to influence in the area of drug use, something she knows little of. Her need for public attention is such a part of why she’s not being responded to well by some. There’s a simple solution for that. She could quit trying to be a celebrity because she was married to one.
            Many of us consider that she’s being very cruel to her husband in death. Why can’t she leave him to rest in peace?
            She’s free to vent, explore different ideas and feelings with friends and family. Why try to control the narrative on social medial and complain if it doesn’t go well? It’s a rough place for a grieving person to act out their struggle. When she’s not making grand all-knowing statements, no one speaks of her.

          • 183mn

            Ok, then let her deal with her grief in the way she needs to so that she can get to the next step. As you said, everyone deals with grief in different ways. Then let her do it without criticizing and jumping to assumptions about her. Sure don’t see why you’d think she’s trying to be a celebrity and wanting to be in the limelight. She is merely trying to advocate about prescription drug use not only because it’s had a huge impact on her life but also for awareness to others. She lost her husband because he wasn’t being monitored closely…as he should have been, and also because the drug had been prescribed much longer than it should have been. She is saying that it affected Chris’s thinking and actions. She dealt with the effects before the suicide took place, not understanding what was happening…she lived with it. Researching is where she came to understand more. She isn’t being cruel to Chris…just trying to let people know the truth about where he was at. There are many of us who aren’t judgmental and would really like to know what went wrong. So sad!

          • makingconnections

            We will never know exactly what went wrong and we don’t need to know. Chris Cornell’s last words “#NoMoreBullshit” would give an indication of his feelings, but even that is open to interpretation.

            Social media is not the place for Vicki Cornell to play armchair psychiatrist. The experts are not all in agreement regarding Ativan use so I will read their material rather than learning from her. She’s way out of her league and I wish that someone could help her realize that.

            She needs to calm down and if that happened I don’t think we’d hear from her so often and she wouldn’t have commenters responding negatively to her words. When we are grieving it’s important to be good to ourselves. She’s not being good to herself by trying to convince the world that she is right about everything. She’s a human being like the rest of us and doesn’t have all the answers about her husbands passing. Sometimes we don’t know the people we live with at all and it can be very lonely in a marriage if you don’t share how you’re feeling.

          • makingconnections

            You and she are jumping to conclusions regarding Chris’s drug use…and yet you don’t hesitate to accuse the posters here of jumping to conclusions. How do you know how he was being monitored…how do you know Vicki’s knowledge of Chris’s prescriptions are valid. Most physicians aren’t at liberty to disclose their patients information to others. None of Vicki’s banter about Ativan and now Opioids are spoken by a professional and surely she could find another way to give meaning to her life. She’s unbalanced and biased in her opinions because she doesn’t want to speak of depression.

          • Kay B

            Hear Hear.

          • 183mn

            I believe that you are the one who is jumping to conclusions and for some strange reason you choose to have a negative, dark and condescending perspective about Chris Cornell’s wife. Did you happen to read the message dated March 22, 2018 when Chris Cornell stated “would love to talk, had relapse.”? Pretty much points to a drug problem right there. The HIPPA Confidentiality Laws are there to protect the privacy of the living…only. Once deceased, the person court appointed to be in charge of the estate, whether the conservator or administer (which in this case is his wife), can request autopsy reports along with all/any medical records pertaining to that person. Vicky is legally able to access all of Chris’s medical records which contain complete documents of his medical care. She has no reason to exaggerate from the truth because she has the documentation to substantiate her allegations. Why would you even contest such a thing? It is a known fact that Chris Cornell dealt with depression for most of his life. If you listened to his interview with Howard Stern, he speaks of his father in a very derogatory way. He hadn’t spoken to the man in years and chooses to have nothing to do with him. During his younger years, he recalls his dad never talking to him or his brothers except for expressing demeaning comments…never a compliment. Nobody living in that type of toxic environment walks away without depression issues. Not quite sure why but it’s evident that nothing is going to change your negativity for Vicky Cornell but whether you want to accept the facts or not…his wife and children are the ones who brought the most joy into his life. Every interview shown on U Tube (spoken by his closest friends) backs that idea up. They would know best. And it makes total sense that the affects of long term use of Ativan, along with the depression would alter one’s mind and drive them to do things they normally would never think of doing. I’m done explaining to you why I believe and feel sympathy for Vicky Cornell. I hope the best for her and her family because they are going through an unimaginable nightmare right now. I can totally understand her actions and why she’s speaking out about drug abuse. It shows that he is dear to her heart and she’s doing whatever she can do to keep his memory alive. Instead of choosing to be mean and opinionated, I’d rather go with my heart.

          • makingconnections

            Well, you’ve analyzed Chris Cornell’s life and come to your own conclusions. A life is more than a series of Howard Stern interviews; we all go through “family of origin” problems, many do anyway, and if we do our work we gain some perspective. Depression and anxiety are part of many people’s lives.
            My question to you is why does Vicki Cornell need to overshare all that she knows about her husband. Other artists, such as Prince, Tom Petty, and David Bowie had people close to them who didn’t take to Instagram and Twitter to expose the details (as they saw them) about those so close to them. Vicki has a bad habit of oversharing. She’s everywhere, trying to help with refugees, selling Chris’s memorabilia, and now helping with the Opioid Crisis, of which she knows little. She never answers questions about her fundraising contributions and seems to be running.
            I have never wanted to discuss Chris Cornell particularly–I’ve wanted to love his music and all that he left us–and let him Rest In Peace.
            I have wanted to do all I could to challenge the false narrative that Vicki Cornell has been promoting from Day 1. Chris had few problems compared to her complete blindness.

          • Olga Stewart

            Grieving never stops.

            There is not a time limit on it.

            I do not know where you got two years from.

            But obviously, you do no understand that everyone grieves differently.

          • 183mn

            Oh really? I lost my fiancé in a car accident when I was 21 years old, eventually I met my husband who died of throat cancer after 16 years of marriage, then I met and got engaged to a great guy who was hit head on while riding his motorcycle. He sustained a very serious brain injury and spent over 2 years in facilities. He (barely) survived the crash but the guy who left on his bike that day is dead. A year ago, one of my closest friends shot and killed himself. So don’t tell me I don’t understand that everyone grieves differently. And if you’d do some research before attacking, you’d find out that the grieving process usually last “approximately” 2 years on average. There are different stages that you go through. After “approximately” 2 years you are usually mentally able to accept your loss. Doesn’t mean you’ll ever forget them or stop loving them but you can deal with it better. I’ve learned that a death due to an illness or an accident is devastating…but a death by suicide is an unimaginable nightmare. Give the woman a break! She is going through hell right now.

          • Olga Stewart

            Will have to agree to disagree.

            And I wasn’t attacking you.

            I was actually being both polite and civil.

            Anyhow, that’s all I have to say about this.

          • Kay B

            Brain tissue and adult understanding doesn’t finish until you are 25. Psychologically speaking. I don’t know where the 2 yrs comes from.

          • Olga Stewart

            The person explained it.

            But like I said, grieving is different for everyone.

            And you can’t put a time limit on how long it takes you to progress through various stages of it.

          • makingconnections

            Some of us have been responding to Vicki’s words from the time of Chris Cornell’s death. I notice that you’re relatively new to this discussion. You have no idea of how frustrating it’s been to witness the People Magazine
            Article, the partying at the grave site, having her daughter perform at a time that she must have been feeling fragile, the pictures from refugee camps that are meant to inspire, but then we hear that the donations are not being handled ethically, the memorabilia for sale and the disclosure that a small portion of that money was actually going to the causes described. Really, there’s been so much off-putting information available since Chris died, I’m surprised Vicki Cornell has the nerve to try to convince people now that she’s an expert on the opioid crisis. Every week it’s a new approach and people aren’t buying it. That’s not being callus – it simply not being taken in by the PR campaign. It could all be forgotten if she’d just stop obsessive on her public image.

          • Olga Stewart

            By the way, it’s callous.

            A callus is this: https://www.myfootdr.com.au/wp-content/uploads/Corns-1.jpg

            Sorry but it was bugging me.

            So I just needed to get it out of my system.

          • makingconnections

            hahaha!!!! I’m a pretty good speller, but I took it from the previous post in my rush to blabber!! HAHAH. i LOVE THIS PICTURE AND WILL NEVER FORGET WHAT A CALLUS IS!

          • Olga Stewart

            Well, apparently to the previous poster in this part of the comment thread, I’m a callus.

            So that’s amusing. :).

          • makingconnections

            Geez Olga, this picture is probably nothing to Kay, but to me it’s a really big closeup!

          • Kay B

            Thank you.

          • Kay B

            She needs to get professional help behind closed doors. Not going on Today show or MSNBC to talk about things she doesn’t know about. Professional help.

          • Olga Stewart

            Her mother also needs help.

            Actually, perhaps the whole K family does.

          • Kay B

            What if one of the kids has depression? I feel for them and their future.

          • Olga Stewart

            They most likely do.

            But I’m damned if I know if they will get help.

            I mean Susan would probably help Lily.

            But in regards to both Toni and Christopher?

            If their Mom and grandmother can’t even admit that their dad suffered from depression, what hope do they both have?

          • Maryam

            There isn’t a time limit for grieving! Seriously!!

          • Olga Stewart

            I agree.

          • Nicola

            Oh please….Vicky “moved on” moments after his death as she called the insurance lawyer…..as she went in for nose job, etc, ….as she was out shopping….smiling and laughing at his funeral

          • Olga Stewart

            And she was also dancing near his grave during the Johnny Ramone memorial thing.

            That doesn’t seem like grieving to me.

        • Nicola

          As she bullied him in life (plenty of evidence of that on social media)

    • Kay B

      Yes Chris is responsible for his death. We get that. Vicky needs to stop saying he was this huge drug addict that night and took the pain killer benzo…that’s not a fucking pain killer. His tox came back in therapeutic ranges. That is the problem we have. She is ignoring the fact he had depression. She probably ignored it while he was alive. She is making him out to be what he was not that night. She went and bought Birkin bags and got a nose job after his death. And now she wants to sue pharma for the Ativan he used that night. She is all about money and even more so after his death. Vicky has bullied Eddie Veddar (who knows better and knew about his depression and is staying far away from V, props to him) and Chris’ brother until he finally caved and supported her. If it weren’t for the Mrs. he would still be alive today because a real Mrs. would have him in help not touring for money. Chris was drowning and she was describing the water. Chris would be happy people are stand up for him. So take the litter of kittens and the bald husband and shove it.

      • Olga Stewart

        Litter of kittens and bald husband?

        That sounds intriguing. :).

        • Kay B

          I have a daughter who is 6 and reads and writes on her own. She beats me at chess. She speaks German. I am quite happy with my “Kitten”. My husband isn’t bald or fat but I also wouldn’t care. He is an awesome guy and works hard and is VERY understanding of my depression/bipolar. So above can stop talking out of his corn hole.

          • Olga Stewart

            Ah, I see.

            And thanks for explaining that. :).

        • makingconnections

          Do your reading oh callous one! hahahah!!

          • Olga Stewart

            Well I can’t read what Damian said because I have him blocked.

            But I’m sure since Kay said this, it’s something quite unforgettable. :).

          • makingconnections

            Sorry Olga, I keep forgetting that you wisely have the guy blocked….he can’t help himself…he loves to insult. He was suggesting that we are jealous of Vicki because she had Chris and we should go back to our litter of kittens and our fat balding husbands.
            On a Globe and Mail forum a guy once said: “You are probably a fat chick”. I’ve always remembered that as a comment by a truly ignorant person who has to comment on body images because he has nothing better to say–not the intelligence to actually communicate.

          • Olga Stewart

            Actually, I would love to be around a litter of kittens.

            So that isn’t an insult.

            And my husband is neither fat or balding. :).

          • Olga Stewart

            And I’m jealous of Vicky?

            Jealous of a harpy?

            I think not.

          • makingconnections

            Mouse, by your thumbs up you tell me you don’t know that I am friends with Olga and was being facetious.

          • Olga Stewart

            Last year one of our cats taught a master class on how to both catch and eat a mouse.

            She’s one badass kitty.

        • Jay Valente

          All you have to do is listen to the lyrics of the song scream, oh and watch the video too

      • makingconnections

        I didn’t mind the litter of kittens thing, but fat, balding husband…no, that’s just too much! Notice who all these people speaking for Vicki are newbies? Notice that Hippie’s unavailable for comment. Uh oh, she may show up now!

        • Kay B

          Damn I miss Hippie. Yea it’s like these newer people come in and want a raise right away.

          • makingconnections

            Yes, that’s their attitude, that and thinking they are really clever by insulting us and supposedly putting us in our place. Their type has come and gone during these many months, but they never have anything to say. They especially never answer any questions about funds from various charitable organizations headed by Vicki Cornell. Neither did Hippie. The responses are always the same and they are always new to these threads. I wonder if they’re sent out by the PR campaign. If so, that is another way that the PR effort is a complete failure.

          • Olga Stewart

            There are court documents and whatnot showing things related to the foundation.

            A search through those would probably not only answer questions but also prove some claims wrong.

            Which is why I said to Kay that these particular people don’t seem to do any research.

          • Kay B

            Yes it looks like we may have another Hippie. However Hippie did do some of her homework and I’ll give her that. I like banter with her. But these new ones….they claim we don’t know shit…..well I bow to the King of I Don’t Know Shit then….

        • Olga Stewart

          They probably are Hippie or else they know her

          • makingconnections

            The recent post of mine to Kay is to you too Olga.

          • Olga Stewart

            Thanks for letting me know.

      • Damian Karamazov

        1) You never knew Chris Cornell, so you don’t know shit. You don’t know who this guy was when he wasn’t on stage or in front of a camera. 2) Vicky doesn’t need to stop saying anything. She was the love of his life, as he has stated over and over again, and she was his wife and soulmate and the mother of his children. She can do as she pleases and you’re nobody to tell her what to do, except for an obsessed fan. 3) She is not ignoring the fact that he had depression. How do YOU know that he had depression? I saw him in concert 3 weeks prior to his death and he seemed perfect to me (although he did mention that he wished he weren’t such a dickhead like his own father, seeming to express remorse for something he had done in his private life). You don’t know shit about what was wrong with him. Besides, dude was writing about suicide and depression since his career began, way before Vicky. 4) How do you know she got a nose job, and how is this relevant? 5) How did she bully Eddie Vedder? Is Vicky Cornell in the “Illuminati” or something, that she has all this power and can control so many rich and powerful people? 6) you’re basically just an obsessed fan who doesn’t know anything about what really went on, but you want to cyberbully Vicky Cornell, just because you’re angry at Chris for killing himself. Was Vicky also responsible for Chris becoming a suicidal drug addict circa 2001, when Timmy C went and saved him? Get a clue and a life, lady.

        • Kay B

          So let me get this straight. You are asking me how did I know he had depression. Yet in the next sentence you state he has had depression since his career began. Many people seem happy and bubbly before they take their lives because they don’t want anyone to know what is going on in their mind. Chester B was very happy before he died too. So your analysis is plain idiotic. Eddie was bullied by V and her mom for not going to Chris’ funeral. They could not believe his best friend would not show up. What kind of friend is that? Their words not mine.
          You sound like someone who is obsessed with Vicky. Do you have a poster of her on your wall with the mouth cut out?

          • Damian Karamazov

            I DO have a poster of her with the mouth cut out. How did you know? Are you spying on me???

          • Kay B

            You seem desperate and lonely. But good guess pony boy.

          • Damian Karamazov

            Super desperate and super lonely baby! I guess you know my type. Apart from the mouth hole, I have a pair of holes cut in her lady parts. A big one for when I’m feeling romantic, and a small one for when I go Beast Mode!!!

          • Kay B

            Do your parents know you are saying such things on their tablet?

          • Damian Karamazov

            Not really. They don’t come down to visit me in the basement too often. Why? Are you going to tell on me?

          • makingconnections

            Kay, you made this Jesus Freak become totally unhinged!!

          • Olga Stewart

            Where’s the popcorn?

          • makingconnections

            Yes, in this movie a trauma nurse causes a religious man to sin!

          • Olga Stewart

            Ha ha!

          • Kay B

            Too Funny.

          • makingconnections

            I wish you, Olga, Trovoid and Corndog lived down the road….we’d have many laughs when we weren’t crying!!!

          • Kay B

            I’ll bring a pinata and taco dip.

          • Olga Stewart

            I’ll bring the box of Coke cans. :).

          • Olga Stewart

            Then the laughing would turn into crying again and…Ha ha!

          • makingconnections

            I can imagine knocking on a door: “Go away, I’m on the computer…no, I don’t need any of your special veggie pizza….no more information on magnesium!!”

          • Olga Stewart

            Heh!

          • Kay B

            Where did this freak’s comments go?

          • makingconnections

            It’s like I told you, you made him sin, so he realized this was a dangerous site him

          • makingconnections

            Actually, I’ve been feeling guilty about mocking his religion.

            I think he came on…told us we’d be better off if we had Jesus in our lives, which tells me he’s probably a member of a church community where you are “saved”. Then he got into it on this thread and it brought out his shadow side and he said some sleazy things and it probably embarrassed and frightened him because he is trying to be good….so he deleted. That’s the think about being saved though, I don’t believe it’s possible, because we all have (and need) to have a shadow as well as a light side….we’re just human beings.

            That’s tonight’s preaching.

          • Kay B

            He isn’t as annoying as that guy who throws the word coward around. He seems to make fun of people who don’t reply to him by also calling them cowards. But I have asked him many questions and he won’t get back to me. I’m a bit disappointed.

          • makingconnections

            That guy is a total nut bar. I think he called everyone a coward.

            Every time I come onto this thread I see the E-mail print out given out by Vicki, ( perhaps with Clare’s help) and it pisses me off so much. They have invaded Chris’s privacy and life so much since he died, I don’t know if it will ever not make me upset.

  • Renée Lynn

    I don’t believe anything Vicky says, she’s been caught in too many lies.

  • Michelle Leiby

    Wish he coud rest in .peace.. wife just needs let go. He is gone. No fault. Just gone!

  • Jennifer Duenow Hanson

    Speaking from my husband’s point-of-view, only a woman could drive a man this far. She sure has a lot of excuses for her husband’s death. That sentence alone is what continues to make her look stupid in this whole thing! When I read in the police report that Chris was no longer answering her phone call’s, that immediately says that a verbal fight on her behalf ensued over him possibly relapsing again, and that was when he was done with the bullshit!! Wake up Vicky, you should of inspired your husband, not degrade him!

    • Kay B

      I’m digging your avatar. I agree with you. If your husband is hanging up on you, and he has relapsed you wouldn’t say kindly “Tell me what you took, I will forgive you…” Where did you read the police report?

      • Jennifer Duenow Hanson

        Hey Kay B.,
        Thanks for liking my avatar. This is something we all have to deal with as fans of Cornell’s. His death could bring so many people together but ultimately we have low-life know it all’s as well who have to ruin it for all of us who question the motives of his wife. We should feel privileged to live in a world where we all have the right to say what we feel and not be afraid of what others think, right!?
        Anyways, I have been following this since day 1 and I specifically remember the police report that was released some time after his death said that Chris hung up on her. And any and all calls that Vicky placed after that weren’t answered by Chris. That explains the calls she had to make to the b.g., and the front desk.? It’s not science, I just placed myself in the same situation and I wouldn’t answer the phone either if my wife thought I had relapsed and was going off on me! The report also said that during the concert, while Chris was performing he accidentally activated the lights at his house in California with his cell phone and Vicky, being the bitch she is, was already on a rant about that! Everything all falls together and points directly at her and her evil ways…..
        I’ve been a fan of Soundgarden and Chris since the 90’s and to have some bitch step into Chris’ life and destroy the man without any regard for anyone but herself? She’s got balls! And then blame it on addiction, she’ll pay someday.

        • Kay B

          You are right. We could be having different conversations on here. How we need to come together and make a serious conversation about mental illness and depression esp. Even the horrible school shootings we have in the US have a lot to do with mental illness. It’s really too bad.

    • Olga Stewart

      Thank you.

      I’ve been trying to explain that Vicky should have been supportive of him.

      But I’m getting both challenged and told off about it.

      So it is nice that someone does get what I’m trying to explain.

    • Olga Stewart

      I’m in agreement with Kay about your avatar.

      Yes, my mind went right into the gutter there. :).

      • Kay B

        Lol.

  • Olga Stewart

    Look at Chris’s eyes in the photo accompanying this article.

    He is suffering.

    Why couldn’t his wife see that?

    • Nicola

      Because she was the cause

  • Nicola

    All of the symptoms she named could just as well be explained by a migraines. A bad migraine can even mimic a stroke. He was a known migraineur and migraine meds were in his system at low therapeutic levels. No food, also consistent with a migraine. Again, everything she is selling with her narrative directly contradicts the tox report. Becoming THAT “delusional” off the low levels of prescribed drugs in his sustem does not add up. And as far as his shoulder? Let’s tear her rotator cuff and see how well she sleeps.

    It never occurs to her that maybe he was “walking like a grandfather” because he was over a decade older than her alleged age, and unlike her life of leisure, he had worked his ass off his entiire adult life. The constant touring to support her Birkin bag lufestyle took it’s toll. He had legit medical issues. I am sure her harping didn’t help.

    • Olga Stewart

      And here is the really sad part: He will never live to see himself possibly becoming a grandfather.

      • Kay B

        Ironic.

    • Kay B

      I thought she was like 101 yr old with the tanning.

      • Nicola

        It is quite gross. Seattle Chris had a pristine complexion, but once he hooked up w/her he became extremely sun damaged. He really aged tremendously in his last 10 years, I think from stress too.

        • Kay B

          She made him shake n bake.