Watch Chris Cornell Final Minutes Before Death From Autopsy Special

43
29

You can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Following fan boycott campaigns, the controversial ‘Autopsy: The Last Hours of Chris Cornell’ premiered Sunday night on Reelz Channel (you can watch if you subscribe right now on Reelz Now), and it features a dramatized version of Cornell’s final minutes alive featuring actors as he arrived at the MGM Grand Hotel in Detroit following Soundgarden’s final performance.

It first shows Chris Cornell and his bodyguard Martin Kirsten arriving outside the hotel, with Cornell stopping to sign autographs for fans. Cornell and Kirsten are then shown in a hotel hallway outside of their rooms, with Kirsten giving Cornell two Ativan pills. Cornell is then seen in his hotel room speaking to his wife Vicky on the phone, before hanging up after an argument over his use of prescription drugs. Vicky tries calling Chris again, and he does not pick up. Martin Kirsten then gets a call from Vicky to check on Chris.

He knocks on the door to no answer, and tries opening the door with his key to Chris’ room but he sees that it’s locked from the inside. He calls the hotel front desk for help, but they won’t send anybody. Martin then kicks down the door and is shown in the living room area of Cornell’s hotel suite. Cornell’s bedroom door is also locked from the inside, and after trying to get the hotel staff to help him on the phone, he kicks down that door as well after six attempts, and we tragically know what he sees next, and it’s a depiction I wish they had not shown. Below are some photos from the special of how Cornell entering the hotel was dramatized. We’re choosing not to post anything from once Kirsten enters the hotel room, as it’s not something I want to have to see again.

 

  • Olga Stewart

    This program is an utter disgrace.

    And that’s all I will say about that.

    • SurferGurl

      I kind of expected it to be a fluff piece of what was put out in the media. It was refreshing that the good doc said that that there wasn’t enough butalbital in his system to suggest he was abusing it and the Ativan was within theraputic limits. Even though anyone with a shred of common sense knew that, it dismisses the whole relapse and benzo delirium narrative that was trying to be spun. I found it interesting that they mentioned how he texted a friend and said he relapsed. I have read a lot about this over the past year and never has anything been mentioned about a text and a relapse. Hmm…wonder who said that because judging from the autopsy, we know that wasn’t the case at all.

      • Olga Stewart

        Vicky did an interview on GMA some months back.

        And that’s where this email was first both mentioned and shown.

        • SurferGurl

          That would explain why I hadn’t heard about the text. I don’t watch interviews that the family does. I’m just glad the show debunked that theory. I always found it such a shame that someone who worked so seemingly hard at sobriety is portrayed in the media as a relapsed drug addict.

          • Olga Stewart

            I didn’t watch that interview either.

            And I’m with you on not being happy that Chris is being portrayed as a relapsed drug addict

        • Nicola

          In other words, NOT a credible source

          • Olga Stewart

            The sender and receiver part of the message was blanked out.

            If this was a legitimate e-mail, then why not show who Chris was supposed to have sent it to (unless they wanted their privacy maintained).

            And yes, not a credible source it is.

          • Nicola

            Even if it showed a sender and receiver, there is no way to know if VK sent it using his email account. She had access

          • Olga Stewart

            This is true.

            My gut feeling tells me that the email is fake.

            But I doubt that will ever be proven.

          • Ann Kiernan

            If she was with him as she and he claimed 24 hours a day, travelling to his shows always accompanying him even the Mother in Law toured with him, but they weren’t together she wasn’t with him. This soul mate B.S. was over. For God’s sake she didn’t even go to Detroit and accompany her beloved husband to L.A. she left that to his brother Peter. THAT alone speaks volumes of the status of their relationship. Then poor Peter has to suffer horrendous abuse from the MIL, accusing him of keeping Chris’ personal effects. She never went to be with her husband body on his last journey….

          • Olga Stewart

            She also didn’t show up at the cremation.

            And with having his body cremated?

            I don’t think that’s allowed in the Greek Orthodox religion.

            I still think he should have been buried in Seattle.

            As sad and tragic as it would be, I would much rather see (if I ever got to Seattle) his gravestone than a statue of him.

          • Kay B

            I agree a grave stone would feel more personal.

      • Tara McGavan

        its someone speculation matt pinfield …loser IMHO dome friend doesn’t call him if it was him…but SHARES TO PUBLIC…NOOPE no friends like IN EXSISTANCE!

    • Kay B

      I respect and understand your comment. I have been watching this show for years and the thing I really like about it is that is shows digitally the body and what aliments the person they are talking about is going through. Such as the synapses of the brain when Chris was on LSD as a kid, or what the Ativan does to the brain and so on. Many people just watch the show because they have always watched it. I don’t even care for the person they are talking about sometimes, but it is interesting to know how their life was and how they died. The scenes of the actor portraying Chris’ death isn’t for everyone. But many people who watched last nights episode do not even know who Chris is. And to have the death a scene (which was brief and not graphic) may be helping them to understand it more.

      • Olga Stewart

        Thank you for explaining this to me, as I do appreciate it.

        And I also both respect and understand where you are coming from.

        • Kay B

          Sometimes I forget that I am not always talking to people in the medical field since this is what I am doing most of my time. I can see why the show would be offensive. The first time I saw the show on Sunday night I was watching it from a medical stand point. I guess it never leaves me.

  • Melissa Kirchgassner

    Pure propaganda. Just like the bullshit from Brett “Show Me The Money” Buchanan and Alternative Nation.

  • Gary Reilly

    So how much did Reelz Now pay Alternative Nation for the numerous recent articles and the shout out/subscription link in this piece? I don’t quite get it; on May 18th 2017 Brett posted an article which opened with “Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell has died. I’m in shock to lose one of my musical heroes.” …………. yet here we are just over a year later and he’s posting links to this insensitive, sensationalised hack-piece which is relying entirely on third-party input as it has no backing whatsoever from Chris’s family or friends. I thought that fans normally had more respect for their ‘musical heroes’.

    But I guess the clicks and dollars outweigh integrity and compassion. Shouldn’t be surprising really; search this site for the word Cornell and you get 59 pages of results. 20 pages of those results are from a 7yr period (2010-2017), and then you get 40 pages worth in one year (2017-2018). Chris is worth more dead than alive to the vultures of this world, be it for film pieces or just clicks.

    And with that said, I’m done here.

    • Alternative Nation

      All posts on the site from fall 2010 to late 2015 are archived on archive.alternativenation.net not on the main server. Go search Soundgarden and Chris Cornell on there, you will see plenty. The only stories archived on this server are from the last two years. I opened GrungeReport.net in 2009 (Chris’ face was on the banner graphic), and I wrote about Chris while he was alive for 7 years, and covered him more in-depth than anyone online.

      I still cover Chris in death, much like Scott Weiland, Layne Staley, and Kurt Cobain. I’m not a fan of this special happening, but it’s my job to cover news regarding Chris, and the first national TV special on him is major news, whether I liked it or not (as you can read from this, I wasn’t a big fan, especially of them deciding to actually show his death).

      I reported on fan boycott efforts for this, and that the family/bandmates weren’t involved. I was also the very news site on the internet to post the Pearl Jam tributes to Chris over the weekend. I enjoyed writing about those, but I’m not going to agree with every single thing I post on here.

      It’s weird, I get accused by people like you of stuff like this, then by the disgusting Vicky Cornell haters of being on her payroll because I post stories about her that don’t trash her.

      Do you think I enjoy writing about the fact that Chris and Scott Weiland are dead, two of my top 5 favorite singers? It is brutal, but it’s reality unfortunately.

      • makingconnections

        Fans have needed to talk about this and I believe that the good outweighs the bad in this case. It hasn’t just been gossip that’s been happening on this site. We’ve all talked it out…understand more about grief…understand more about addiction and tried so hard to made certain that Chris Cornell was treated fairly in death. It’s sad that it was necessary, but it was.

      • makingconnections

        I’d like to add that there may be “Vicky Haters”, but I believe very few. I’ve judged her (not good I admit), or challenged or and been offended by her behaviour. I wish that she’d been somewhat more private about her husband’s passing and his life, but it was her decision. She put the information out there and people like me reacted. I don’t hate anyone but I do speak up when I feel someone’s actions are unfair.

      • Olga Stewart

        I don’t hate Vicky.

        I just do no like how she has conducted herself in the year plus since Chris’s passing.

        And due to that, I don’t have any respect for her.

      • Kay B

        Read my above post about the show.

      • Ann Kiernan

        I don’t hate Vicky either but you seem unwilling to question her and her Mother’s behaviour, online behaviour. Have you ever ever taken the time to see the absolute lunatic postings of Chris’ Mother in Law??? If people are accusing you of being on Vicky’s payroll well at least prove you are not by asking some tough questions about this family Chris lived with AND supported for 13 or 14 years. Look deeper Brett.

      • makingconnections

        Brett: Would you consider Kay B’s description of the Autopsy program as an article on your site? She’s a medical person and a huge fan who contributes a lot to this site and the writing she did in her post was broad and helpful to those that couldn’t watch it (in Canada).

        I thought I’d ask in great hope, but realizing it may not fit with how you put your articles together.
        The post is #5 on “Photographer Reveals Why Chris Cornell Seemed Upset At Final Show”.

    • makingconnections

      Gary I meant my reply to Alternative Nation to be for you too.

      Did you read Kay B’s description on a previous article about the docudrama of last night? I think it will bring closure to many fans and she describes it well. I hope we won’t need to go over all of it any longer now that it’s pretty much concluded that Chris Cornell died by suicide that was not caused by drug abuse.

      • Christina Hurst

        can u share a link of that description please.

        • makingconnections

          No problem….Kay B described the program because it wasn’t available in Canada.

          It’s the article here “Photographer Reveals Why Chris Cornell Seemed Upset At Final Show.” The post in the Fifth one down.

      • Kay B

        Thank you for your comment. I know this show is not for every one. You can see my reply to Olga above. Every person they have done this show on does have a short mild death scene which they do put a disclosure about in the beginning. The fact is this show is a medical show so it will have simulations of the body and brain on certain drugs these people have taken. It explains to the lay person what these famous people’s bodies go through during this period. The fact that is is a medical show would also suggest they won’t include the separating Vicky and Chris had at the time or put emphasis on his relationships besides his family growing up and where he was born ect. But because it is a medical show it will deal with the EMT or body guard in this case trying to save his life. Like I said the scene is not for everyone but medically it is what happened.

  • Jay Valente

    Thanks for the updates. I’m still at a loss, I listened to Cornell’s vocals for…. since like 1996. I knew the dude was gonna go by suicide. But damn, something doesn’t seem right.
    I’ve been on anxiety medication for years and never once has it put thoughts in my head of offing myself, I took a triple dose one time for the Dentist, and goddamn I wanted to survive that dentist appointment.

    Thanks for giving the updates, alternative nation….. I appreciate them at least.

    • makingconnections

      Ativan is still prescribed, granted not as much as since anti-depressants are available; however, they are actually an anti-seizure medication and are used to treat in that area. It is also very effective when addicts are going through withdrawal and probably saves lives. The pendulum always swings so far. Many, many people are prescribed Ativan and some have taken it their whole lives without feeling suicidal. You know on the information contained when drugs are prescribed, they must state any possibility, however small, of side effects with the drug. I’d hate to think those that must take Ativan will feel that they are taking a dangerous drug. It’s like any other–if you tolerate it well and don’t abuse it, you can be fine.

  • ellie

    I still say he had a concussion, the band saw the wound and so did the emts..I think the ME missed it. So…let’s say he did have a concussion, in that mental state, talking 2 ativan could have possibly caused him to comment suicide. And….that’s how I m going to leave my thought process…RIP CC

    • Kay B

      You could be right but I will comment on this. My husband and I watched the show. My husband was a long time EMT. I asked him about this because I also thought it was a weird discrepancy between the EMT and ME. My husband told me even a small scratch or a bump would be considered to be head trauma by an EMT. It doesn’t have to be major, it is just an observation. But also, when they are trying to save someone’s life, they can make the mistake of seeing something that is not there. They try their best but saving the life takes precedence over anything else. The ME would not leave out head trauma if there was any. Concussions are known to have depressing after affects…..even years later. He may have had a concussion that night we don’t know. But it is unlikely the ME would leave out a significant head wound.

      • ellie

        Thank you for your reply, well stated Kay. I still have to go back to the point that the band saw the same thing, Vicky stated this. Also, ME’s are very through, they note when a woman has implants etc..why didn’t the ME note that Chris had veneers on his teeth? Or, had a tattoo? I probably will wonder the rest of my life being a fan of his, that something or someone is not being honest about his death, there were just too many holes in the whole story to believe he just “killed himself”

        • Kay B

          You bring up good points. I believe in the autopsy it said the teeth were natural and in good repair. That sounds like a contradiction to me. Were they natural or repaired? It is evident he had his teeth worked on. Perhaps they were simple repairs and not veneers. I actually thought I had read in the autopsy he had a tattoo on the right deltoid, but looking back at it I can’t find it. Usually this info is in the report for sure.

          • ellie

            Kay…IDK about simple repairs, he had awful teeth in his early twenties, but that smile of his when they were fixed was perfect. I also noticed in one of the original photos of the death scene, there was blood on the floor. If the TV show was correct in Chris’ positioning at time of death, he couldn’t have fallen forward and hit his face, as I originally thought. Even if the TV show positioning was incorrect, and Chris did hit his face, the ME would have noted some kind of trauma to his face.

          • Kay B

            Yea I don’t know about the teeth. I know he definitely changed his teeth. The autopsy just states they were natural and in good repair.
            As far as the blood my guess is it is from the suction they use in the mouth. They put a tube in that goes past the vocal cords to the trachea called an endotracheal tube. They can then put a hand squeezable bag on this to aid in breathing. They could have put a long thin suction down the trach tube to suction of stuff from the mouth or even the stomach. Because the events happen so fast when it’s a life and death situation, the suction was probably pulled out and blood went across the floor.

    • Ann Kiernan

      Even some of those crazy YouTube channels who believe he was murdered have been able to post other pics from previous years showing he had a few bald spots that last night he was disheveled and he’d napped before the show, his hair was messy and sticking out at the back of his head. There’s also a possibility he had a few hair extentions to cover those spots. But at 52 he had a lot more hair than most men his age. Also the lighting that night at the show was red. He didn’t have a head wound during the show….imo

      • Kay B

        I think your comment is correct. The lighting was red on stage. It made it look like a gash almost. The ME said there was no head trauma and I believe this. I didn’t the first few weeks or even month to be honest.

        • makingconnections

          Didn’t an article say that he had a scalp condition and that he’d had that bare spot for a number of years and that it sometimes got irritated?

  • Christina Hurst

    Chris just checked out Yall. He wasnt high. He was just exhausted from life. He was very aware of his actions. I didnt watch that show nor will I. As for VC. She absolutely knows why.

  • Cristiann

    I’m so glad that I didn’t bother watching this thing. I knew it would be a total mess. And the fact that they actually showed his death is just horrifying. That is not an image I want to have on my mind either.

    • Kay B

      I respect your comment. This show is not for everyone but it is a good show. Please see my replies above concerning the show. If you want to read my description of the show, completely up to you, MC explained where on this site to find it in an above comment. I did not describe the death in detail.