Joe Rogan Debates Chris Cornell & Chester Bennington Conspiracy Theories


UFC announcer Joe Rogan had on Jiu-Jitsu instructor and former UFC analyst Eddie Bravo on the latest episode of the Joe Rogan Experience. Joe and Eddie discussed Chester Bennington being raped as a child, and Eddie then brought up conspiracy theories surround the deaths of Bennington and Chris Cornell.

Rogan was very hesitant to talk about it, especially out of respect for their families. Bravo mentioned that Cornell and Bennington were very into helping abused children through charity, along with Ashton Kutcher. The discussion then moved to how many children are kidnapped each year, and then they got into political ‘suicides’ that are really murders.

Joe brought up a couple of cases surrounding the Clinton Foundation’s Haiti scandal, with a former Haiti government official who died by suicide before testifying. Rogan compared it to House of Cards, and Eddie Bravo later brought the discussion back to Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell. Below is a transcription.

Eddie Bravo: When it comes to stuff like, you look at Chris Cornell, him and his wife had a foundation, him and Chester were best friends. The conspiracy theory, I don’t know if it’s true, but they found out some shit.

Joe Rogan: Let’s be respectful, we don’t know. We can’t talk about this.

Eddie: I’m not naming any names, but you’ve got to look into it.

Joe: Okay, this guy just died man. I don’t think this is shit to speculate on.

Eddie: That’s why you should speculate, when you find out the connection, and the way they died. Chris Cornell had 9 broken ribs and a gash on the back of his head. They said the official story is it was from the CPR, he was already dead when they got there and they break 9 ribs during CPR. There’s a gash behind his head.

Joe: There’s a gash behind his head from when they cut him loose, and he bangs his head off the ground.

Eddie: He’s hanging off like one of those exercise rubber bands.

Joe: So you think someone killed him?

Eddie: When you look at the evidence, you’re like holy shit, he looked like he was murdered. Then Chester dies the same way, the exact same way.

Joe: Dude, let’s not do this man. I don’t want to even do this.

Eddie: Alright, okay. I’m just looking into it because I love Chester, I love Linkin Park. Who got you into Linkin Park? I got you into Linkin Park.

Joe: I understand, okay okay. I don’t want to talk about conspiracy theories involving this guy’s death, especially when he just died. It just seems so disrespectful.

Eddie: He’s one of my favorite singers of all time.

Joe: I understand, but if he really did just kill himself, it seems so disrespectful to speculate that he was murdered because of some conspiracy theory. I don’t know what the case is, but I don’t even want to talk about it. You know what I’m saying?

Eddie: You know what? I’ve said enough, I don’t need to say no more, I don’t want to get into trouble. I’m not trying to put anybody in jail. I love Linkin Park, I love Chester, I love Chris Cornell, are you kidding? Soundgarden! So I want to know.

Joe: I understand, but I feel like you should know what the fuck you’re talking about when you’re talking about people who kill themselves.

Eddie: We were just talked about suicides, about how people get ‘suicided.’ We were just talking about the Haiti thing. When you look at what they were into, they were into that, they were into fighting that. And when you look at exactly how?

Joe: But they were also severely depressed, there was also a lot of psychological shit going on. I don’t know man, I don’t know why people kill themselves period, but they do, right?

Eddie: But wouldn’t you want to know if there was some fishy shit.

Joe: Maybe I’ll look into it, but I don’t want to talk about it until whatever the fuck reality has been brought to the surface.

Eddie: We were talking about trillions being missing, we’re talking about all these crazy suicides, and all of that, and this is insane? This goes right with what we were just talking about. This is when you should bring it up, not later when everyone forgets about it.

Joe: I don’t know any facts, so when you’re bringing it up like this it sounds crazy.

Eddie: Okay, alright, I get it. He probably did it himself.

Joe: He could have very well easily have done it himself, and the whole thing, just connecting him to a conspiracy without a deep understanding of the facts.

Eddie: Because I care about him.

Joe: I understand you do.

Eddie: You don’t know how deep my understanding is. You have know idea. I didn’t just make this up.

Joe: But I would assume you weren’t there when it happened.

Eddie: No, but I’ve looked into it.

Joe: But I would assume you don’t know who was trying to kill him, I would assume you weren’t there, I would assume that you don’t know it as a fact.

Eddie: I would assume that you would trust that I looked into it.

Joe: I’m sure you have, but I just personally feel very sensitive about that stuff.

Many have the Chris Cornell conspiracy theories brought up by Bravo have been debunked by police and medical examiners.

Wayne County Medical Examiner’s spokeswoman Lisa Croff said: “We stand by our cause of death,” while Detroit police media relations director Michael Woody insisted there were no signs of foul play.

“We investigated all possible angles, and there were no signs this was anything but a suicide,” Woody said. “But we’ve been getting inundated with different theories.”

Cornell’s autopsy, performed by the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office, did not mention a head wound.

Detroit Police investigator Charles Weaver has said: “There was no head wound.”

“Maybe somebody spoke too soon; it happens,” said longtime pathologist Cyril Wecht, former medical examiner of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, and chairman of the American Board of Legal Medicine board of trustees, in response to the initial police scanner call mentioning a possible head wound.

“If the head wound is not written up in the report or the autopsy, there’s your answer,” Wecht said. “It was most likely a simple mistake by the EMT.”

A 2014 study by the American Heart Association found that of 362 patients studied, 90 percent suffered rib fractures after CPR.

“In the majority of cases there were multiple bilateral rib fractures, with a median of 10 fractures per case,” the study said.

“People have a problem with celebrities doing this because they’re wealthy and have a lifestyle everyone wants,” Macomb County Medical Examiner Daniel Spitz said. “They say, ‘He couldn’t have killed himself; he’s got fans and people love him.’ But that doesn’t change what’s going on inside his head.”