Warning: There are some graphic details in this article on Chris Cornell’s death.
Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell’s wife asked his bodyguard to check on him in his hotel suite, after she had a telephone conversation in which her husband kept repeating, “I am just tired,” according to a police report obtained by The Detroit News.
When the bodyguard, Martin Kirsten, went to Room 1136 in the MGM Grand Hotel just after midnight Thursday, the door was locked, the report said. Kirsten kicked the door open, only to find a second door leading to the bedroom suite also was latched — so, the report said, he kicked that door open, too.
The bodyguard found Cornell slumped on the bathroom floor, “with blood running from his mouth and a red exercise band around (his) neck,” said the report, filed by officers from the Detroit Police Gaming Unit who responded to the scene.
An autopsy by the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office determined Cornell, 52, committed suicide by hanging.
Cornell’s wife, Vicky Cornell, said in the statement that when she spoke to her husband after the Detroit show, about 11:35 p.m., he told her he may have taken “an extra Ativan or two” and was slurring his words.
According to the police report, Kirsten was in Cornell’s room about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday to help him fix his computer. Afterward, Kirsten gave Cornell two Ativan pills, “which victim takes for anxiety,” the report said.
At 12:15 a.m. Thursday, Vicky Cornell phoned Kirsten and asked him to check on her husband, “to see if he is alright because he did not sound like he is okay,” the report said. Vicky Cornell told the bodyguard her husband sounded “groggy and just kept saying, ‘I am just tired,’ and hung up the phone.”
Kirsten walked two doors down to Cornell’s suite, to which he had a key, but found the door latched, the report said. “(Kirsten) called security from hotel phone in hallway … stating he needs to get into (the) room to check on (the) victim,” the report said.
“Security stated they can not let him into the room because he is not registered to that room,” the report said. “At this time (Kirsten) kicked in the door with his feet and … went to the bedroom door and (the) latch had been engaged on this door also.
“(Kirsten) again called for security but could not gain access to (the) room,” the report said. “At this time (Kirsten) kicked in (the) bedroom door and found victim laying on the bathroom floor.”
MGM medic Dawn Jones arrived at the room at 12:56 a.m., the report said. “Jones untied the red exercise band from (the) victim’s neck and began CPR on (Cornell, who) was not breathing.”
EMS Unit 42 was at the scene by 1 a.m. An emergency medical technician also unsuccessfully performed CPR on Cornell, according to the report.
“At 1:30AM on 5/18/2017, victim was pronounced dead (by a doctor who came to the scene),” the report said.
Homicide detectives arrived at the room and began their investigation, while another officer phoned Cornell’s wife to break the news he’d been found dead.
“Victim’s wife … stated victim is a recovered drug addict,” the report said.