Grunge Legend Reveals Why Chris Cornell ‘Wasn’t Himself’ Night He Died


Former Tad bassist Kurt Danielson discussed Chris Cornell’s death on Reelz Channel’s Autopsy: The Last Hours of Chris Cornell.

At one point during the special, Danielson discussed Cornell’s dark lyrics.

“In Chris’ case, because there is a recurrence of these dark themes, you might think ah, that’s really autobiographical.”

He also discussed how great artists like Cornell are under-appreciated while they’re still alive.

“I don’t think we really grasp someone like Chris until they’re gone, because we tend to take people for granted, sadly enough. We won’t see his like enough.”

He also discussed what Cornell’s mindset may have been the night he died in May 2017.

“I can only surmise that when his time came, he was not himself. I think that this happens whether due to substances, or what have you, that a person can lose touch with themselves, and with others, and become so mired in their own pain, they lost sight of the consequences of their actions.”

Cornell was taking the prescription drug Ativan at the time of his death, and he had just taken it shortly before he died by suicide.

You can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or find a Narcotics Anonymous meeting at if you are struggling with addiction.