How Chris Cornell’s Widow & Nirvana Are Helping Fight ‘Disease’ Will Surprise You

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The Hollywood Reporter reports:

Rocker Chris Cornell — who died May 18 by suicide after battling substance abuse for years — is among the A-list musicians who have donated personal items ranging from guitar straps to leather pants that California-based watch and accessory brand Nixon has fashioned into the Rock LTD Collection, a one-of-a-kind capsule collection of watches.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit MusiCares MAP Fund, a charity arm of the Recording Academy dedicated to addiction recovery treatment. Other artists who donated items as part of the collection include Elton John, Foo Fighters frontman and Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl, Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, and Iggy Pop.

Neil Portnow, president and CEO of the Recording Academy and MusiCares, praised the bold-faced musicians who have contributed pieces over the years, and applauded Cornell as “legendary, unique, iconic, thoughtful, provocative and the penultimate musical artist.”

The collection, available in time for the holidays, ranges from 25 to 30 pieces with prices ranging from $1,200 to $1,800 except for the Cornell piece which will tour to Nixon’s flagship locations in New York, London and Paris in the spring of 2018 before being auctioned off at a MusiCares benefit in May 2018.

Cornell, the Soundgarden and Audioslave rocker, had long been dedicated to MusiCares. In 2007, he was honored alongside promoter Jeff McClusky at the MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his support of the organization and his efforts in helping other addicts. Nixon CEO Chad DiNenna tells THR that Cornell agreed to donate the guitar strap before his death and that his family was consulted on how to move forward now that he’s gone. “This is what he would want,” DiNenna says.

Says widow Vicky Cornell, “Addiction is a disease, and we lose far too many loved ones to the illness each day. MusiCares is a crucial organization and the MusiCares MAP Fund 100 percent supports the music community in its fight to protect those battling this affliction.”

Nixon launched the collection as a benefit for MusiCares in 2005, and this year marks the seventh Rock LTD line (it has taken sporadic breaks over the years). Descriptions of this year’s range include: John, a Sentry Chrono designed from donated leather paisley-patterned belt; Grohl, a Sentry designed from donated plaid flannel shirt; Novoselic, a Sentry designed from donated Sound City denim jacket; and Pop, a Sentry designed from donated leather chain wallet and belt.

  • Nicola

    The article had to mention yet again that CC had. “Substance abuse issues” despite the fact that NO alcohol or unprescribed substances were founf in the toxicology screening. The ME stated emphatically that mone of the prescriptions found in CC were above therepeutic level and that in hos opinion NONE of the above prescriptions contributed to his cause of death

    • Olga Stewart

      Well, this is what Vicky keeps pushing to the public.

      And this site seems to keep on repeating it.

      So I’m not sure we are ever going to read anything different.

    • Cristiann

      I agree … ugh, it’s all so incredibly frustrating to me. Chris did not die because of substance abuse (the toxicology report proves this) and there is no real evidence of him having a drug relapse in the months before his death. He went to rehab a long time ago and (as far as I know) managed to stay clean afterwards.

      I know VK & her family want to believe that it was because of drugs, but the media needs to stop spreading this narrative too because it’s simply not true. Chris overcame so much in life, but it was his struggle with depression that he probably never got help for. In order to bring awareness to mental health and suicide prevention, this is a conversation we all need to become more comfortable with.

      • HippieChic61

        “I know VK & her family want to believe that it was because of drugs, but the media needs to stop spreading this narrative too because it’s simply not true.”
        We dont really know if its “simply not true”…or not! Im sure Vicky has way more insight to Chris’s issues than all of us put together, so maybe her narrative isnt as off as you’d think. Just because someone doesnt have alcohol or drugs in their system at a given moment doesnt mean they dont have “Substance abuse issues”.

        • Cristiann

          I’m basing my opinion on what the toxicology report said and it showed that there were no illegal drugs or alcohol in Chris’ system at the time of his death. I know Chris was a recovering alcoholic and a recovering addict, and he probably had at least one relapse since going to rehab, but at the time of his death none of those substances were found and therefore cannot be blamed for his death. They only found coffee and a couple of anxiety meds in his system (that’s not enough to back up VK’s narrative), so the evidence shows that he did this to himself willingly. I know that’s a horrifying thing to accept, I know it’s painful and difficult for some people to understand, but it is the truth. The sooner VK can come to terms with that truth, the better she can help her own children come to terms with it as well.

    • Cathy

      Her lies make me sick!

    • HippieChic61

      Just because someone doesnt have alcohol or drugs in their system at a given moment doesnt mean they dont have “Substance abuse issues”. Go talk to anyone at an AA or NA meeting, they’re “clean” ,however that doesnt mean their substance abuse issues have disappeared. And it was no secret Chris struggled with substance abuse over the years.

      • Nicola

        True he did have issues over the years but as far as being the cause of death, nope

        • HippieChic61

          Cause? no…Contributing factor? most definitely!

  • Cristiann

    Yes, Vicky, addiction is a disease … but so is depression. Mental health is just as important as physical health. I really wish everyone understood this by now.

    • Kay B

      Exactly my thought. So is depression Vicky which your husband had. And he had it before you met him so no need to ignore it. Although I am sure it was exasperated by you.

      • Cristiann

        It just amazes me how ignorant VK is about mental health. Like, your own husband was always very open about having depression throughout different times of his life and yet it’s just IMPOSSIBLE for you to believe that he could ever feel that way again?? Why? Because he *loved* you and the children so much? I’m sorry but it’s never that simple.

        You would think people would be more understanding of depression by now but nope. When it comes to discussing mental health, we still have a very long way to go.

        • Kay B

          Well look at the US. We are sitting here still pissed about some football players kneeling for the anthem. I am not that patriotic but you should in my opinion stand. I can see the other side and we do have some injustices when it comes to race….absolutely we do. And it’s wrong. And I understand these players want a huge platform to make their statement it gets results. But I just want to watch football for God’s sake. I mean we have been talking about this for so long. It’s the first damn story on the news every night. Again, I agree many blacks have died in the hands of officers and it was down right wrong. But pick a different platform because it is getting old. My long winded point is that the US is more focused on if a team is going to pick up Colin K or who is going to stand or kneel meanwhile no one gives a shit it was suicide prevention month last month. Enough with he football shit lets take care of our citizens who have mental disabilities.

        • Olga Stewart

          I think a part of the difficulty is that some people can’t really see mental health signs like we would with someone who is suffering from a broken limb, disease, or sickness.

          So if you can’t see a physical sign of something wrong (though, I would question that in regards to depression), then it’s very hard for some people to both realize that it’s there and to understand it.

          • Cristiann

            Exactly. I think that’s why so many people don’t take mental health seriously. If they don’t see any physical “signs” to illness then they won’t take that person’s feelings seriously. They probably think “well, you *look* fine, so you must be fine,” but obviously that’s not the case.

            When you have the flu or when you break a leg, most people will encourage you to see a doctor, but if it’s your mind (or your heart) that is hurting most people will tell to just suck it up and deal with it yourself. Most people won’t encourage you to get professional help for that.

            In Chris’ case … his family and people around him should have at least been concerned with how unbelievably tired and thin he looked in those last few months. I know he was a grown man and all, but still. I would have been worried over him working way too much and neglecting his health.

          • Olga Stewart

            You, I, and others seen in various photos that Chris wasn’t doing well.

            So if we as people who didn’t know him seen that, then how the hell did those who both knew him and were around him not see that?

          • Cristiann

            That’s the question I keep asking myself. Clearly there were ‘signs’ of something being wrong with him. Someone in Chris’ family should have noticed all of this and been concerned about him. I would certainly be concerned if my husband looked tired and frail all the time.

          • HippieChic61

            Why assume they didn’t see it, or address it ,for that matter? Just because she didn’t address it publicly, doesn’t mean she didn’t address it. Perhaps THAT was what all the arguing was about? I realize it doesn’t fit the “blame Vicky” narrative some fans are pushing, but its a viable possibility.

          • Cristiann

            Well, she has addressed plenty of other things in public. If she can publicly admit that Chris had a history of substance abuse, why can’t she publicly admit that he had a history with depression as well? Chris was always very open about it while he was alive, so her complete silence about it is strange to me.

            Personally, I don’t blame VK for Chris’ depression or for his death (only he knows what was hurting him so much). There is no real evidence to support that she had anything to do with him making that decision to end his life. Still, I can’t help but be surprised at how much VK insists that Chris seemed ‘fine’ to her. Of course, I didn’t know him personally, but anyone can see that the man was clearly not ‘fine’.

          • HippieChic61

            Why assume they didn’t see it, or address it ,for that matter? Just because she didn’t address it publicly, doesn’t mean she didn’t address it. Perhaps THAT was what all the arguing was about? I realize it doesn’t fit the “blame Vicky” narrative the fans are pushing, but its a viable possibility.

        • Cathy

          Ignorant woman says ignorant things. She’s trying to tarnish his legacy. Those poor children are growing up thinking their father was an addict. Chris had depression!!! How many times must this be repeated. As an example, Layne Staley was an addict in case your were wondering what an addict is you idiot.

          • HippieChic61

            Chris was both depressed and an addict. Just because someone doesnt have alcohol or drugs in their system at a given moment doesnt mean they dont have “Substance abuse issues”.Go talk to anyone at an AA or NA meeting, they’re “clean” ,however that doesnt mean their substance abuse issues have disappeared. And it was no secret Chris struggled with substance abuse over the years.

  • makingconnections

    I find it so contrived that AN has interfaced Vicky into the picture of the Nirvana guys…it looks like they’re hanging out. She’ll love that!
    I don’t know if it’s right to describe Chris Cornell as having “battled addiction for most of his life”. I know a few addicts who have been clean and sober for a long time. It’s not a battle for them after awhile in my opinion. Sometimes it seems they appreciate their lives more than some others. Yes they call themselves addicts and try to help others with problems but it seems unfair to label them as struggling addicts, because of their history. That is called profiling. They are not necessarily sick with a disease. Doesn’t a person get respect for getting a handle on addiction?

    • Kay B

      It looks like the cover of a horror film. It should have flames around the boarders and the title should be Dagger Bitch.

      • makingconnections

        Good, the slayer of the White Walkers is back, just when needed. I really can’t stand manipulative stuff like this..it’s not the 50’s…we’re not stupid. Yes your picture is just right and actually I’d love to see it. People would pay good money for such a poster! Hey it could be a fund raiser for a cause like fighting false narratives on behalf of the deceased.

      • makingconnections

        I just looked at it again. You’re hysterical. The poster would be perfect.

      • Olga Stewart

        Oh you slay me, Kay B. Ha ha!

      • Nicola

        the only thing that VK won’t like is that it is a photo of her with her OLD nose lol

  • Kay B

    I think Chris was a recovering addict. Up until his death. Now hear me out. I do not think drugs caused him to kill himself. But I do think addicts are always and will be recovering until they do in fact die….which ever way those means are. Chris did not sound or act well at the Anti ball either. That was obviously months before his death. I think addicts and former addicts have that uphill battle every day for the rest of their lives.

    • makingconnections

      I guess they call it recovery for a reason. Do you think that once you become addicted to alcohol or drugs, if you receive treatment and are sober for years that you still struggle? I know you can’t get inside another person and I’m sure the temptation is always there, especially if you’re under stress, but doesn’t it get easier?

      • Kay B

        I think once you become addicted you will always struggle. I have been an insomniac since I was 7. I went on very little sleep for years. And then add bipolar and depression and it’s a heavy mess. I finally found a pill combo that helps me get to sleep and stay asleep. They filled the script wrong last week and I had to go without because of insurance reasons. So for a week I had no sleep. And even though I used to do this all the time, I had a really hard week. I couldn’t function or go to work and I was a bigger bitch than usual. Am I addicted? Probably. I can’t sleep without them. But if it betters my life and I can function then so be it. My story is obviously different than Chris’. But I think for sure it was hard for him to completely get out of his addictions. He gave it one hell of a chance though. With all the singers who were addicts that have died, I believe Chris did the best he could have.

        • makingconnections

          Thanks for taking the time to talk about this. We all struggle to some degree…medical needs are different. I think of them as being like a diabetic needing insulin. I sometimes wonder if we haven’t been at this “altering our state” thing for a long long time. Someone once said to me (over some sort of recreational drug-taking) I don’t worry about it humans have been pulling leaves off trees from the beginning of time to see if they can get a break from reality. The trouble is we can get into such trouble and hurt each other so much with addiction. There’s a lot of talk here about legalizing it totally because of so many fentanyl deaths…having people just go to centers where they get what they need. One addict said: “Well this war on drugs is a war…in wars people die.” I am so confused over all of it…and then there’s the “dry drunk” stuff that partners of alcoholics and the alcoholics themselves have to live with. It’s so bloody hard..all of it.

        • makingconnections

          It makes me so angry that citizens of a modern country like the US have to struggle with medical insurance. Take good care of yourself and I hope saner heads prevail and your government somehow manages to ease the strain on its people.

          • Kay B

            Medical insurance here is a total debacle. And no one can agree on any sort of type of system. I have one paycheck a month go to medical care for my family and drugs. And I have a decent job working in the medical field. As I said before my dad died last Thanksgiving because he could not afford the health insurance and care. The drug companies have a monopoly on our hard earned money. These drugs are not like pure diamonds found naturally in the earth. They are synthetic so there should be no reason they are so expensive. But the companies know people need them so they can set whatever price they want. And doctors can con patients into unnecessary tests and procedures I see it all the time.

          • makingconnections

            Is there any sort of movement by people to make change happen. I never hear of anything but I’m in a different country. We do hear Bernie Saunders speaking sensibly about it, but is there any way to band together and make change happen? Here we write letters a lot and E-mails etc. if we have a problem and we go to our local representatives (I guess you’d have state and federal representatives) who have people working in their offices to hear your concerns. You have a real story to tell and you’re articulate. Maybe you need to make your voice heard?

          • Kay B

            I just touched on the football protests below. Apparently that is how you get attention. I am guilty of really speaking my opinion and then not knowing what to do about it. I’ll be the first to admit it. I feel like the only one’s voices who matter in the US are voices of money. Trump, Colin K. the fucker producer who took advantages of all those women…..Weinstein (and actually including the women themselves)…they get their voice heard because they have money. Now when I say these women I am focusing on they are celebrities and have money. I am proud of them coming out and stating they were sexually harassed and exploited. No man of any power has the right to do this just to make myself clear. My point being if you have money in the US thats the voice who is loudest. And it is dangerous as hell to have only one voice. This country is in a dangerous spot in many aspects that would take me centuries to explain. If anyone who is reading this agrees, then they know what I mean. I appreciate your suggestions.

          • makingconnections

            It’s a crazy and dangerous time in our world and I totally understand your take on things. There’s so much injustice on so many levels, but it seems the glamorous people have the stage. The crazy thing is that people living on low incomes are so damned interested in the Kardashians and the rest of them. I often try to imagine what it’s like for First Nations people in frozen northern communities…parents with addiction problems and no support…living in a cold trailer…children gathered around a TV watching reality shows and there’s sure no one that they see there who lives like they do. No wonder they have severe, almost infectious suicide problems among the children. Our culture is totally off the rails and I put my country alongside yours in that way. We watch American TV all the time.
            I still believe in using your voice and trying to work with others who have the same concerns…we have to if we have the energy for the sake of our children. The internet can be a good tool for adding your voice with like-minded people to affect change. That may sound simplistic but it’s the only way that I can see, besides voting to make change happen….and we really need to be rescued!

          • makingconnections

            Kay, I just saw an eagle fly by my window carrying something big…it was not easy for him (or her) to fly. It seems like a sign.
            Please do not be defeated by the lousy situation in your country. Here, some of our best legislation comes from a mistake or mistakes made by government branches that impacts terribly on an individual. Someone then gets mad as hell, get’s a politician or private citizen with passion to help them be heard and they then present their case to government. Read about “Jordan’s Law” if you have time. I’ve had some success in working towards justice–I’m sure it’s easier here but still….your abilities make me feel you could tell about your family’s challenges and help a lot of other people besides yourself…..either you do this or you’re going to have to listen to “The Hundredth Meridian” by The Tragically Hip for inspiration, do your homework on what it takes to immigrate and come and live up here.

          • makingconnections

            Hey Kay, did you like the “eagle sign”..haha! They call where I live “Lotusland”.
            I hope I haven’t been too aggressive with my opinions. I just can’t bear unfairness and ignorance and fight against it when I can. I wish I lived down the road from you and I could help you get some focus from the powers that be on depression and drug costs etc. I’d either help you a lot or drive you batshit crazy!

          • Kay B

            Yea! I was thinking earlier I hope Peter continues his quest on suicide awareness. But my fear is that so many other things will always be more important than awareness. I know i have already said this in many words. But even in surgery….and it is not just where I work its all over, if a patient has bipolar or depression or many mental issues or on “headmeds” they are sometimes teased for lack of a better term either before they come in the operating room or after they are asleep. Or the staff talks about how fucked up they must be. Or they are just faking it for attention. And then I mention I have bipolar and everyone feels like an ass. I don’t know I suppose we just hope things will get better. It is tiring though. Certain dumb situations take a front seat to important ones. Look how long we had to talk about Kanye interrupting Taylor Swift’s speech at the award show.

          • makingconnections

            Yes, it’s how to keep people motivated in a healthy way about not being healthy mentally. Peter has established a trusted voice and I hope he continues to speak from the heart as he does.
            I was in a clinic getting a cut (from a rose thorn!) tended to and I noticed a brochure on suicide awareness as I was walking down the hallway. It featured a young, athletic looking man on the front. I feel we have good services in the area where I live, great representatives who always have their door open to anyone to talk about anything. If you lived here, they’d help you in a heartbeat. I feel really concerned about people suffering in the country south of us because of drug costs and then there’s our messed up culture in North America. It’s all about celebrities who are not the least bit interesting in my opinion; we agree on that. I guess we have to live in the moment and not be looking back too much or forecasting doom for the future and then there’s worrying about our children. That does no good at all, but I do it all the time. Enjoy your little girl. Is she still longing for a set of drums?

          • makingconnections

            –and it’s the same here in the medical world. The profiling that physicians do is incredible, not all of them, but too many. People seldom report doctors here and people seem afraid of them, probably because there’s such a shortage of them. I know a few socially and I’m always surprised at how they don’t seem to have developed life skills despite all they deal with. I don’t understand that. Maybe it’s from being in a superior situation–they just don’t bother to be caring, especially about mental health.

        • Cristiann

          Relapses are certainly possible. A former addict can be clean and sober for 20 years, then one day (for some reason) they decide to have a little bit of ‘something’ and just like that there back to square one. I don’t think you’re ever really “cured” of the disease, you just gotta take one day at time. You gotta teach your body/mind how to live without something that it has become so dependent on. It’s not easy and people going through that need all the support they can get – from both family and professionals.

          That being said, I don’t feel comfortable with implying that Chris relapsed some time prior to his death. Of course, I know it’s possible that he did slip up at least once during the last 15 years since he went to rehab, but it doesn’t feel fair to me to say that he did when there’s legitimate proof. That’s one of the reasons why VK’s behavior upsets me so much – it’s because she is encouraging the ‘addiction’ theory for his death without having anything to back her up. Believing he had a relapse will only strengthen the narrative she’s created.

          I know Chris didn’t seem well during his performance at the anti ball, but he didn’t seem well during his final performance in Detroit either. Ultimately, no alcohol or illegal substances were found in his system that night even though VK thought there would be. So who knows what was going on with him in those last few months? Obviously, something was very wrong and it doesn’t seem like he confided in anyone about it. Maybe he did relapse and it contributed to the downfall of his mental health. Or maybe his severe depression led to a relapse. Either way, it doesn’t really matter because that’s not what killed him in the end. It’s sad how a person like him can accomplish and overcome so much … and yet something like this can still destroy you.

          I’m sorry if I came across as defensive here. I know you mean no harm and I’m sorry to hear about your own personal struggles. I often go through a similar situation … I’m very dependent on medication atm in order to stay healthy and I’m constantly call up my insurance over one issue or another. Sometimes I have to go days without the right amount of meds and makes me feel so bad. It’s not easy, so please hang in there. <3

          • Kay B

            Thank you. You don’t sound defensive. I do not think Chris relapsed when he died. The tox shows that. However, (and I know this will sound like I’m taking Vicky’s position here but I am not) we really don’t know if he did relapse after an already known relapse in 2009. He could have been relapsing the past few years. Some video of him might suggest this. But I don’t know no one knows. But I do think he was not relapsing that night in May. I think he was dealing with some kind of BS with Vicky and maybe mother hen as well. And she said something on the phone and he said you know what fuck it. I have attempted suicide twice and there is no place on Earth that is so alone and sad than that moment. It is also ironically the most clearest and honest you will ever be with yourself. Thats why I didn’t succeed the second time and never did it again. Those are the reasons Chris and many people I know who have committed suicide are forgiven in my mind. He couldn’t take the mental and physical pain and he knew how to end it. He is where he wants to be and that is ok with me. That is just my opinion.

          • Cristiann

            I’m glad you’re still with us, Kay B. The world is better with you in it. I only wish Chris and so many others were still here as well.

            That is definitely a possibility – sometimes people say and do awful things in the heat of the moment that they later would regret. Still, a person who is mentally stable wouldn’t end their life over an argument. One way or another, Chris was clearly neglecting his health for a long time. And it seems like ever since he was a kid Chris was keeping a lot of his problems to himself. I don’t feel anger towards him for ending things the way that he did, I just feel sadness and regret. No one should ever feel that alone and hopeless. Chris must have been going through such unimaginable pain for him to feel that his life was no longer worth living. It’s just devastating to think about. I’m selfish, though … because I wish he had chosen to keep holding on for a little while longer. I wish he had gotten the help that he desperately needed. If he had, maybe Chris could have gotten better and he would still be here today. So much can change in such a short amount of time. Right now you feel like things will never get better, that this is the only way to end your pain, but once it’s done … you can’t change your mind. What if you do regret it later?

            I don’t want to believe that he’s where he wanted to be, but I can accept that (in that final moment) he had had enough and felt this was the only way out. I’m sorry that he felt so alone … I’m sorry that anyone ever feels that way. I’m sorry that no one seemed to notice whatever he was going through. I’m just so very sorry for him. There’s really nothing for us to forgive imo – we (society) should be the ones who should apologize to all the people we could have helped but didn’t. We really need to take away the shame and stigma that surrounds mental illness. We all need to do better and be a little kinder to each other.

          • Kay B

            Thank you and very well written comment I agree.

          • HippieChic61

            Well written post!
            “Suicide is not the product of wanting to die, rather it is the perception of not being able to live.”

          • makingconnections

            I agree that something seemed off with Chris Cornell and I’ve wondered if the reason he appeared to be high or a little high was due to his migraine medication. I know he’d been hospitalized with a severe migraine in the past year or two. I get migraines and they are debilitating…when I heard he was napping before his last concert because of a migraine and saw the dark glasses I could really imagine his situation. I feel so badly for what he must have suffered….going out on that stage and trying to please everyone and even the idea of having to scream with that sort of headache is impossible to imagine. I get numbness, tingling, auras, fear of having a stroke (which they can cause), hyperventilate, light sensitive. It’s no wonder he didn’t have dinner, he was trying to get rid of a headache…and so you have to take strong painkillers. I don’t know how strong his medication was but in some interviews he reminded me of how I get extra chatty when I’m trying to function and taking pain medication.

          • Cristiann

            I’ve been thinking about those same things too. Migraines are absolute hell. He was clearly unwell and must of had so much pressure on him. Chris’ health seemed to decline over the last year or two and he was working/touring so much during that time. Add to the fact that he was trying to be a good father and husband as well. I think he probably always put other people/things before himself and was trying to handle his problems quietly on his own. Just imagining what he was probably going through makes me feel so unbelievably sad for him.

          • makingconnections

            I agree with you….we having been thinking of his health and the pressure he was under. People who get migraines are often conscientious to a fault I’ve been told. I can’t imagine trying to be a social justice person and performing “The Promise” and then trying to recapture the camaraderie of touring with Soundgarden and be a family man as well. I think we’ve all learned so much about life, our health, mental health and addiction through being so bewildered and shocked over the loss of Chris Cornell. I hope he will soon be allowed to rest in peace and I really hope that his wife doesn’t make more of a fiasco through court cases or financial claims or whatever. That’s not fighting for a person…I don’t understand that thinking. Chris deserves to be honoured…because he suffered from depression he shouldn’t be treated disrespectfully in death. It’s upsetting to witness.

          • Cristiann

            My thoughts exactly … Chris went through enough while he was alive, he deserves to rest in peace and his memory should be respected. Can you imagine having severe anxiety, depression AND constantly having to hide it because you’re always in situations that require you to appear “okay”? Being in the spotlight so much when you’re a shy person, traveling so much when you hate to travel, always trying to live up to other people’s expectations … honestly, it’s just too much to handle. Even the strongest human being in the world needs a break from all that sometimes.

            Sad that it takes tragedies like these to happen in order for people to speak openly about mental health issues. I hope that with time we can all learn from these things, that we can all become more patient and understanding, so that someday no one ever has to die this way again.

            Chris deserved so much more. I can only hope now that he finally feels at peace. And yes, hopefully his wife will eventually see reason and will stop with all the nonsense. She really should be keeping the kids (and herself) away from the spotlight for at least a few years.

          • makingconnections

            Yes, the children. They should be considered first and social media is the last place for their mother and grandmother to be communicating. It impacts them. I feel the same way about the Instagram photos.

            Canada’s most beloved musician died a day ago. We love The Tragically Hip and Gord Downie. They’ve made music since high school – 30 years ago. I just last night read about his children. (a very small amount of information, as though the journalist was respecting what their father wanted) He kept them completely out of the public eye. I’m surprised it could be done actually.

            V. Cornell and her mother have given us a very good demonstration of how not handling yourself well on social media can make a confusing mess of your life, and more importantly, your family’s life. I hope in the future we won’t remember their poor behaviour when we think of Chris Cornell.

          • Olga Stewart

            You see, I fear for both of those children (Toni and Christopher) because of both how their Mom and grandmother are behaving and the fact that one or both of them could end up dealing with the same issues that their father did.

            And should this happen, I don’t know what sort of help they will get if both their Mom and grandmother don’t understand it (especially in regards to their father).

            I think it would serve Vicky better if she stopped posting on social media, stopped showing up in photos, and stopped trying to push a different explanation for Chris’ death and instead both kept both her and her family private and did some learning about mental health issues.

            She would then not only understand what Chris was dealing with but should this happen to either or both of their children, then she will better know what to do in regards to getting one or both of them help.

          • makingconnections

            You’ve summed up the concern that so many have Olga. People resist changing the reality they’ve created for themselves and it can make for some difficult and confusing situations in a family. I’ve found that children always try to please their parents and say and do what is expected of them in most instances. It’s later that parents pay the price if they’ve been too controlling. I don’t know if this is the case here, but that’s what I’ve observed.

          • Olga Stewart

            I see Lily and she is spending time with her Mom, her family, and her friends.

            She’s participating in various activities.

            And she has a lot of love and support in her life.

            I just don’t see the same where both Toni and Christopher (who we don’t seem to see much of) are concerned. And if we do, it just doesn’t seem natural to me.

          • makingconnections

            It’s sad that VK feels that some people are being mean to her children. I’ve seen none of that and I would like to state very clearly that my focus from the very beginning has been to ask Vicky and her mother to stay of social media for the sake of their children. I believe most others feel the same way. Who wouldn’t wish the children the very best…they lost an amazing father. Bless them and their futures.

          • Cristiann

            Well, in all fairness … I did see some comments on LSA about Toni and Chris Jr that were bad imo (that’s one of the reasons why I don’t like or trust LSA). Some people have been implying that Chris was not their biological father because they don’t look exactly like him (which is a pretty cruel thing to say tbh). Still, that’s really the only time/place where I can remember seeing people say anything mean in regards to the kids. For the most part, I think people have been trying to remain respectful to all of Chris’ children. They’re already suffering enough from the loss of their beloved father.

            It’s VK and her mother who are getting most of the ‘hate’ here. While I do feel that celebrity wives often times get way too much hate, I think that in this case a lot of the criticism for Vicky (and especially for her mother) is valid. Much of their behavior since Chris’ death is what upsets us so much. Although, I do wish some people would stop insulting her appearance (“nose job”, “bug eyes”, etcs) and Greek heritage, because that’s not right imo. People tend to loose credibility when they make shallow comments like that.

          • makingconnections

            We fans are not responsible for certain sites that “push the envelope” so to speak. The people I interact with on this Alternate Nation would never say anything to harm the children.Their mother and grandmother have spoken and acted so provocatively and irresponsibly in my opinion, and in doing so, hurt the children. They’ve degraded themselves and the whole narrative since Chris Cornell died. I just hope that someday they will be living private lives and that we can forget them completely. I want to remember Chris and his music and I know I’ll feel sad for awhile because of the manipulation of what should be a sacred time, a time of grieving, not attention-seeking. This has been horrible to witness. As always, bless the children.

          • HippieChic61

            “I just don’t see the same where both Toni and Christopher (who we don’t seem to see much of) are concerned. And if we do, it just doesn’t seem natural to me.”
            ” think it would serve Vicky better if she stopped posting on social media, stopped showing up in photos, and stopped trying to push a different explanation for Chris’ death and instead both kept both her and her family private”
            ______________________________________________________
            So in the first statement you say, we dont see much of them, so youre concerned….Then in the second statement you say, She should keep her family private… LOL, Mic drop!

          • HippieChic61

            I find it strange when people assume they know what Vicky knows or doesn’t know. And you seem to know what she , a woman you dont know, should be doing, and how she should be handling her family.For all you know her children are seeing a counselor and addressing these issues daily. lol …don’t lose too much sleep “fearing for both of those children”.

          • Nicola

            migraines do suck especially when they make you lose your vision, etc. His medicine was not that strong and levels in tox report were not beyond normal therapeutic levels.

          • makingconnections

            Nicola, I’ve been remembering recently that when I first began having migraines, I was put through a battery of tests because of the numbness I experienced and the “slurring of speech”. All of those symptoms could have made Chris unable to perform and also make his wife think he was high on something or other. So, so sad.

          • Kay B

            Absolutely. I have had a few migraines the past 6 months and I throw up and cry. I couldn’t imagine going on stage and trying to show that awesome voice of his.

          • makingconnections

            He was actually hospitalized with a severe migraine in the past while…It’s sometimes hard for doctors to know what’s going on. A few months ago I was having coffee with a friend and went to reach for my wallet in my purse and couldn’t feel my arm…of course off to Emergency I went and they rushed me through as though I was having a stroke…I was so frightened that I hyperventilated and got even more numbness. When I calmed down and the headache came on, the doctor said: “Holy crap, did you every get yourself worked up”. Migraines are Hell, but for Chris Cornell just one more thing to cope with it seems. It is so sad.
            I hope you don’t get them in the future Kay. I know quite a few people who’ve had a few, then never again.

  • Zero Chance

    That is the worst photoshopped photo in the history of photoshopped photos!

  • suz

    superimposed. i hate when people try to play me.

  • QTPI40

    Yes addiction is a terrible disease, but there is nothing to suggest he was an addict. Great job trying to tarnish his legacy Vicky! Quit blaming addiction, Ativan, etc…We do not believe your narrative and it is sad that that you are feeding this to his children.

    • HippieChic61

      Nothing to suggest he was an addict? Except that hes talked about his substance issues for years! Just because someone doesn’t have alcohol or drugs in their system at a given moment doesn’t mean they dont have “Substance abuse issues”. And btw, we really dont know what the conversation is with his children and assuming makes you look stupid.

      • QTPI40

        Well since VK has told the entire world through social media and various interviews that he died due to his addiction, and their psycho Yia Yia screams it from the roof tops. Unless the children are living under a rock, I’m fairly sure they have heard this narrative. Looks like you are the uninformed idiot.

        • HippieChic61

          Fair enough. But Im sure the kids are way more informed than you or I, they lived it.

  • nicole

    Hey Vicky…did you have an opportunity to speak to the coroner…NO EVIDENCE OF OVERDOSE, NO ALCOHOL OR OTHER UNPRESCRIBED SUBSTANCES were found. All he had in his system was coffee. I know that this throws the whole lawsuit angle out the window. I thought you were going to “fight for Chris”. Is this how you are doing it, by smearing his name, and nullifying his hard fought sobriety?

  • Macy Anderson Smith

    Oh honey, that Photoshop addition. Just no.

  • Cathy

    Shut up woman! Enough of your lies! And that’s a superimposed picture of her with Grohl and Novoselic

  • Royal

    All Chris was, sadly, a victim of a narcissist wife who stripped him if every bit of self dignity he had.
    VK you are and always will be the most hated person by any CC fan.
    You won’t even spend the money to have a respectful monument put up at his grave. Instead you let a bunch of idiots walk all over him….still disrespecting him even after he’s gone.
    Guess the new nose was your priority.

    • Nicola

      but photo is her old nose lol she won’t be happy about that. She is too far gone to realize the new nose does nothing to improve the overall ugliness inside her and it doesn’t fit her face anyway

  • Nicola

    old photo of Vicky with her pre-nose job nose