Chris Cornell Final Messages Before Death Explored On Autopsy Special

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Some of Chris Cornell’s final Twitter messages from before his death in May 2017 are discussed on Autopsy: The Last Hours of Chris Cornell, set for premiere on Sunday on the Reelz Channel at 9PM EST. Alternative Nation was sent an advance copy of the episode. His Mother’s Day tweets to his wife Vicky and mother-in-law Toni are discussed, as is his deep love for Vicky and her Greek family.

The narrator says, “On Sunday May 14, 2017 in Kansas City, three days before Chris Cornell’s death. Chris is backstage during a gig at the Starlight Theater. He sends Mother’s Day messages to his wife, and to his mother-in-law Toni Karayiannis. Chris has been married to second wife Vicky Cornell for 13 years. They have two children, Toni, 12, and Christopher Nicolas, 11.”

Journalist Matt Diehl says, “Chris was clearly very much in love with Vicky, and he was also in love with her family. She came from a big bustling Greek family, and he liked that. He liked being in that kind of environment.”

The narrator says, “However, there are no messages to his mother, Karen Cornell.”

Dr. Michael Hunter says, “Reports suggest that Chris was no longer in contact with his own parents. I wonder if his childhood experiences hold any clues to his death.”

Matt Diehl then claims both of Chris’ parents were alcoholics during his youth, and discussed his childhood growing up in this environment.

  • makingconnections

    I don’t like this assumption, by anyone–the assumption that Chris wanted nothing to do with his family of origin.

    I’ve seen this situation in many families. Certain members become estranged from one another. The family they’ve married into feels defensive for them and loves their new family member and hopes to make up for their painful past ( in their eyes).

    Time goes by and the estranged family member doesn’t know how to make peace or make amends with their birth family and feel that they’d be seeming to be ungrateful to the family they married into that have been so good to them if they did. It can be a terrible trap where confused feelings are really difficult to sort out.

    I don’t know if this was Chris Cornell’s situation, but it’s a situation that many others are in and shouldn’t be ignored. No one can read his heart at this point regarding his feelings towards his birth family and it seems unfair to assume anything.

    • Kay B

      I believe he meant these tweets or messages.I think when his relationship with Vicky was good….it was good. But when it was bad, it was very bad. There is no doubt he loved her. However I also believe something was said that night in Detroit that was unfair to Chris. Like she wasn’t supporting him, she was accusing him. There is no doubt in my mind he was relapsing, and had been for awhile. But I think something was said he just could not handle. When you marry someone with an addiction, you marry the addiction too. I have bipolar and my husband knows he married that also and I will not be perfect all the time. Matter of fact I’m very far from it and my mood can change as fast as a crack of a whip. I think Chris was still very close with his mother.

      • makingconnections

        I think marriage is very difficult. Recently a friend who’s a regular at AA meetings said there weren’t too many wedding rings there. I’m pretty volatile emotionally and thankfully I married a man who understands me pretty well, so I’m glad to hear your husband stands by you like mine does.

        I think Chris was very sensitive and you could be right that he just simply couldn’t cope with whatever was said….maybe it had been said before and he did cope with it so his wife didn’t realize the seriousness of the situation.

        I really don’t like the idea of anyone causing pain for Chris’s birth family. As his brother said at one time, they had to lose him twice. I don’t think he felt free to have them in his new life…I don’t think he knew how to include them and so just didn’t. Sometimes you tell people your truth at a certain time and then grow to realize you don’t feel that way any longer, but those around you don’t want anything to change. I do not believe he was hurting over the Cornell family any longer, rather he was just immersed in life with Vicky and her family and his children.

      • Olga Stewart

        Actually he only had a relationship with his brother Peter.

        • Kay B

          I see.

    • Kay B

      Also when I was going through some old videos of Chris one mentioned Vicky was born in 1978. I couldn’t believe that! I had to look it up on another source. She is actually younger than me by a few months. I would have never guessed 40. Maybe 46 or 47! Usually people tell me I look about 25 but then again I’m a vampire and never go out in the sun. My skin is so white it is see-through.

      • Dexxxy Midnight Runner

        She’ll be 40 on the 13th of this mo (Aug)

        • Kay B

          She just looks older to me.

          • NoineVINYLS

            Sure does. She looks older than her wannabe Blanche Devaraux mom.

          • Olga Stewart

            Hey but Blanche was wonderful. :).

            Toni K doesn’t hold a candle to her.

          • NoineVINYLS

            True. She tries but fails…

          • Olga Stewart

            Miserably.

          • Olga Stewart

            Tanning will do that to you.

            Also, she is now even thinner.

            I think the guilt is eating away at her.

        • Olga Stewart

          She turned 41 yesterday

      • makingconnections

        I have a pretty good picture of you in my mind. I alway imagine the bat tattoos or did I fabricate that?

        Chris must have made Vicky feel like a queen…she’s very confident it seems to me.

        • Kay B

          That’s right. The bats start at my left ear, wrap around my shoulder and go down my back. I think there are 32 of them. People say I remind them of Lisbeth Salander.

          • makingconnections

            She has a strong sort of beauty…but your hair is strawberry blond, no?
            I could never describe me…being such a mixture of nationalities, I always find if I travel people ask me where I’m from. They often think I’m German or Italian. I think I look a bit like the women from the former Yugoslavia but no one from North America.

        • ellie

          It’s called control…she controlled his every move.

          • makingconnections

            When you see the videos of him unable to have his photo taken in a relaxed way without her getting upset and making a scene and it’s done in such a public way; well, it seems as though he wasn’t really free doesn’t it?

        • Olga Stewart

          The confidence is an act.

          Her demands, her sticking her out at the photographers, her whining when she didn’t get to be a part of a red carpet opportunity, her rudeness towards others, and her feeling she is superior to everyone else smacks of insecurity to me.

    • Olga Stewart

      If Vicky and her mother had both been the better people (by letting Chris know that his own family was just as important to them as him), he might have been able to reach out to the rest of his family.

      But no. Those two women decided that they were going to isolate Chris. And that was that.

      So outside of having a relationship with his brother Peter (who both women keep attacking), Chris didn’t have any contact with the rest of his family.

      This should never have happened because it was wrong.

      • makingconnections

        I believe the decision to leave his first wife and detach from his birth family was made fresh out of rehab….the marriage advice Chris said in an interview was his counselor (that he admired) advising him. He lived for a long time with decisions that were made when he was probably so vulnerable and it must have been a strange existence to have no contact with the family you grew up with (all but his brother Peter). It seems from the experience with the counselor, that Chris was easily controlled by others.

        • Olga Stewart

          At the clinic he went to, they told him to cut ties with his past.

          Now I thought that a part of the rehab experience was to make amends with the people that you wronged. Not cut them out of your life.

          I don’t know what happened at that place (though I don’t think it was anything good outside of Chris getting off of the drugs) but I think both being there and meeting Vicky was the beginning of the end for him.

          • makingconnections

            “Fresh out of rehab” is a frightening time – my observation anyway. Some people feel afraid to follow their own instincts and give over all of their personal power to their counselors.

          • Olga Stewart

            I just don’t think that clinic helped Chris in the ways that he really needed it.

            He needed to both see a doctor or counsellor about his depression and he also needed to be put on meds.

            Had this happened, I think he might still be with us today.

          • Sadie Smith

            I absolutely disagree -Chris didn’t need a pill to help his life!-That’s what’s wrong with the world today !-Doctors push the drugs for Pharmaceutical companies; they get kickbacks with lots of money for Pushing Any & all drugs- regardless of the side effects !-Oh yeah and it’s legal because; they have a license to push them!-Not much different than a regular drug dealer Except; A doctor has a license -yet; so many people get addicted because it’s legal to do drugs if; a license Dr. pushes it !!!!!!! When you realize you want to stop the prescription drugs you can’t because of the withdrawals And side effects from these man made drugs from pharmaceutical companies . you’d be better off doing crack off the street at least you’re not going to have tremors,night sweats,fatigue etc.
            Nowadays people are brainwashed into thinking that a pill is going to make you better ,alter your moods so you can be sane; Get for fucking real!-If Chris wasn’t having some fucked up side effect from a pill -He might still be here!!!!!!!!!!-How dare you say; if he would’ve been medicated properly he’d still be here go fuck yourself!

          • Olga Stewart

            I disagree with you because meds have helped me a great deal.

            However, let me get real here.

            Being rude is not going to earn you any points with me.

            So please take your foul mouth elsewhere.

        • Cristiann

          Didn’t Peter recently admit that he was estranged from their family for years too? I remember there was a post here a while back (sometime around last Mother’s Day) where he said that he hadn’t even met his own sisters’ children. Chris was not the only one who drifted away from them.

          It’s true that Chris chose to end his first marriage after he got out of rehab, and I know that he was very emotionally fragile during that time, but I don’t believe that he was forced or manipulated into doing certain things. He was vulnerable but not incompetent imo. There were legitimate problems in his first marriage and if he felt their relationship could no longer be fixed, then maybe it’s because it was true.

          Maybe he had his reasons for drifting away from his parents too? I don’t know. Sometimes people just grow apart. I know he never really had a good relationship with his father to begin with. Chris seemed to hold a lot of resentment towards him ever since he was very young. What I’m trying to say is … maybe we shouldn’t be so quick to judge him or blame anyone for the bad stuff that happened to him.

          • makingconnections

            –many good points Cristiann!

      • Cristiann

        I’m sorry but … I think that’s a pretty unfair assumption for us to make. Even Peter Cornell has admitted that he became estranged from their family too, so I hardly think it’s Vicky’s fault that Chris was no longer in contact with them. I don’t know what happened in their family to cause them all to drift apart, but sometimes that happens and it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s anyone’s fault.

        • Olga Stewart

          Chris brought Vicky to meet his mother.

          His mother had a bad feeling about her. So she asked Chris to choose between his family and Vicky.

          He chose Vicky.

          From that point on, Chris never communicated with his mother.

          Peter was estranged from them. But after Chris’s death he reached out to them. And they have reconciled.

          I understand that you don’t agree with me. And that’s fine.

          But I just thought I would explain the background to this.

          • Cristiann

            No offense but … how do you know this?? Did Chris himself ever say that he had to choose between VK or his mother?? I don’t remember reading or hearing him say anything like that.

            Personally, I don’t feel Vicky is to blame for the estrangement of his family. Chances are both Chris and Peter drifted away from them for similar reasons. And I think the reason why Peter reached out to them again is because they’re all in mourning over Chris and they obviously missed each other. Unfortunately, sometimes it takes a tragedy to bring people back together.

          • Olga Stewart

            I’ve read a lot on the LSA site.

            This has been both mentioned and discussed.

            Again, if you don’t agree, I am fine with that. And I respect your viewpoint.

            Though, from these two comments that you have posted I’m getting the feeling that you might be annoyed or such with me. If so, then I’m sorry.

            However, this is what I have learned. So I thought I would post it here.

          • Cristiann

            That’s what I thought … honestly, I don’t think you should believe everything you read on LSA. In fact, everything we read on the internet should be taken with a grain of salt. That’s just my opinion, though.

            I’m not annoyed with you, Olga. I think you’re a really nice person. I’m sorry if I came across as annoyed in my previous comments. I’m just tired of the focus always going back to Vicky. And to be honest, I just don’t feel comfortable blaming her (or anyone) for every bad thing that happened to Chris. I feel like we should all mellow out a bit and turn back our focus to his music. That’s what really matters to me. At the end of day, whatever may or may not of happened in his personal life isn’t really any of our business imo.

          • Olga Stewart

            I understand your viewpoint. I also respect it.

            And yes, I do agree we should get back to the music.

            And it’s all right about the comments. I was just checking to see if you were upset with me.

          • Cristiann

            Thanks, I appreciate that. It’s nice to know that people can still respect each other even when they don’t always agree.

            Have a good night, Olga.

          • Olga Stewart

            You are most welcome. :).

            And the same to you.

  • Dexxxy Midnight Runner

    Where on her Twitter feed is this Mother’s day greeting from her Soulmate? Its not there. Is this bogus show going to bring that up? Is Vicky going to explain why its not there? Will it also explain how the 2 extra pills he took that night caused such an adverse reaction but not the 2 times she said he took 33 in 9 & 1 week 20 ( which is only 2-3 pills A DAY still BELOW 10mg max daily)? Even though he’s been on the pills more than 1 year & no reported reactions? Will it also explain how he was able to complete a thought process to do what he did when he was “so impaired” and out of it? How would someone physically accomplish what he did in such a state?

    • Kay B

      I agree with you. The pill stories just don’t add up to me. His suicide was pretty involved. He didn’t do something quite abrupt like jump or shoot a gun. This took some kind of thinking.

    • Nicola

      It is well known that VK had access to CC social media accounts so anything gushingly positive like these alleged mother’s day messages I highly suspect. There are so many wisper streams of VK and CC being estranged at the end. I wish those who truly have knowledge would step forward and clarify. VK looks easily 10 years older. She did not get the memo that tanning ruins the hide lol. Interestingly, CC seemed to age 2 decades during his marriage to VK

      • NoineVINYLS

        He did write his own too. The interactions with fans was his. I read in one of his interviews that he liked the social media for its quick interaction with the fans, etc.

        Just take a look at her mom’s IG from before & after Chris passed. There’s 2 from Apr & May ’17 that says things about narcissistic people & not ridiculing others in front of people. And in comments her mom said something to the effect of “yeah I been hearing stories. Its true. Could be him or her”. People replying how sad. So maybe?

  • ellie

    What about his post….#nomorebs what about that one????

    • Olga Stewart

      I agree with you.

      And I commented about that above.

  • Vicki

    That mothers day tweet to vicky always bothered me.it says “you thank for giving me the love of my life…”should it not say “thankyou”not ” you thank”it bothers me because chris was a songwriter and knew how to string a sentence together.especially because its sentimental and the public would see it.surely if chris wrote it he would have got it right ……

    • Olga Stewart

      I don’t think Chris wrote that tweet.

      I think it was probably Vicky (or perhaps her mother)

    • Kay B

      Yes this may have came from a person whose second language was English…

      • Vicki

        Thats what i was thinking….

  • Olga Stewart

    I believe Vicky wrote the above mentioned tweets.

    Also, will they not discuss the #nomorebullshit tweet that Chris posted on the day of his passing?

    Oh, and this special has an actor playing Chris’s dad. The purpose for this is to the difficulties Chris had while growing up.

    I said that I was never going to watch this episode. And knowing about involving Chris’s father in this confirms it even more.

    Chris’s father is ill and he is grieving for his son. He shouldn’t be brought into this.

    • makingconnections

      I read somewhere that Chris really enjoyed social media in the early days and then became disenchanted by all of it and towards the end of his life left everything to his PR team. Who are they? Pink Roses…I don’t think so.

      • Olga Stewart

        I think both Vicky and Clare had access to his social media accounts.

        That is wrong because these were Chris’s accounts. Not theirs.

        And posts are still being made from these accounts.

        You know how I feel about that.

  • Giovanni

    I always found the Mother’s Day messages to be the spy of some of the unresolved conflicts that worried Chris. Put it as you want, it’s not normal for anybody to make Mother’s Day wishes for 2 other women, as much as you can love them, and not your own mother. The problems with his family of origin had to be very deep, and had to be exacerbated in later years, since, despite the up and downs, he was taking happy public pictures with his mom in the late 90s. The messages seem like kind of a jab to his real mother, and nobody can be really happy with conflicts like that going on. Hard to not put in relation to the suicide.

    • makingconnections

      I completely disagree with you. I don’t think his family of origin had anything to do with his suicide. If anything, I think he had a huge sense of obligation to the family he married into and also devotion to his children. Anything that threatened that “new reality” would be horrible for him considering he was so estranged from most of the Cornell family.

      • Olga Stewart

        I think if Chris had had his family in his life, he might have felt so alone.

        So I do agree with Giovanni about him not being happy about that (especially near the end).

        However, he chose Vicky over his family. And from that point on, he had no contact with his family. Save for Peter.