Chris Cornell’s widow Vicky discussed a head wound paramedics noticed on her late husband the night he died in a new Detroit News article.
“My husband had no intention of leaving this world,” she said. “He did not have control of his faculties due to toxicology, perhaps even exacerbated by other factors, including a head injury, which was referenced in two EMS reports that were left out of the autopsy report.”
An emergency technician is heard on medical dispatch audio referencing a gash in Chris Cornell’s head. Also, a written report by the crew from DMCare Express, the ambulance company owned by the Detroit Medical Center, stated: “Laceration to back of skull. Minor bleeding noted upon crew arrival.”
Nothing in the autopsy report reflects a head wound.
“You can clearly see a gash or at least a visible big bald spot in pictures and video footage. It was confirmed by the band and crew — they said they saw it at the show and not at sound check,” Vicky Cornell said. “You can’t tell people there was no laceration when it’s documented, and we can all see it.”
Vicky Cornell said she believes the wound happened after sound check because she said his bandmates didn’t notice anything wrong before then.
Vicky believes a combination of factors led to her husband’s death.
“If you add it all up, he was on these prescription drugs that should have never been prescribed,” she said. “It caused a relapse…
“I think it was, unfortunately, the perfect storm, a combination of factors that made him go manic. Had the medical examiner looked at all these factors, maybe they wouldn’t have concluded it was a suicide in just an hour and a half.”
Cornell had a bald spot that was visible at times for several years where the apparent head wound may have been.