Lawyer Reveals Chris Cornell’s ‘Strong Feelings’ About People Who Commit Suicide

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

Chris Cornell’s lawyer Kirk Pasich discussed an investigation into his death in a new Law Dragon interview, and how the prescription drug Ativan appeared to have played a role.

“This isn’t what he’d do. He had very strong feelings about people who would commit suicide when they had kids, very strong negative feelings about it. It was deeply troubling to him when people would do it, so we always thought there was more to the story than Chris Cornell killed himself. One of the things that we said early on was we don’t know what all the answers are. We want to see what the toxicology report says because we don’t believe that Chris Cornell would have knowingly, understandingly intentionally taken his life.

When the tox reports came back, the medical examiner’s conclusion was, in essence, to the effect of ‘Well, he didn’t die from a drug overdose. He died from the noose around his neck that caused asphyxiation. We have no evidence that anyone put that exercise band around his neck other than Chris himself, so we call that suicide.’ I don’t think that means it’s suicide from anybody else’s point of view.”

Medical examiners determined that Chris Cornell died by suicide from hanging in May 2017.

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  • Kay B

    Why is all this Ativan talk coming out again? Many people do things they say they are “against”. Until he was in a position where his wife was on the phone with him in a heated argument about if he has relapsed or not, he probably was against suicide. But that doesn’t mean in a fragile moment he wouldn’t do it. I don’t understand why Vicky and her mother bitch about bullies but when the dust settles they bring this Ativan shit up again. Now they are sending the lawyer out.

    • Nicola

      At the least she is morally culpable in his death, at worst criminally culable. Everything she does is designed to deflect blame, preferably to something which results in a payday for her.

      • CLT

        Have you ever stopped to think she has three children to protect from the vicious piranha’s that troll her family on a daily basis? Have you been a participant in a suicide that leaves young children holding the bag? Well I have and it’s a hard road when your just a normal everyday family. She can’t move on in her life and those of her children because the public won’t let her. She’s not deflecting she is protecting and unless you’ve walked in those shoe’s you truly don’t get it. He passed away it’s that simple the details don’t matter he is not coming back. Vicky has never disputed this was a suicide and has said little to nothing about Antivan since. His death doesn’t make sense it never will so end the blame game. If your truly a devoted fan of Motherlovebone, Soundgarden,Audioslave and Chris Cornell in general then you would be supportive of is family his band mates and jamming his music. This lawyer was a long time friend of Chris Cornell’s who was being interviewed and was based on opinion and then medical facts….So in closing I hope when your about to pounce on his family you put him first and know how sad he would be to read all the negative that’s been written~Peace~

        • Nicola

          Vicky is the one who has kept this going. Where do you think all these planted “articles” aka propaganda are coming from? Alternative Nation has become her personal PR agency, not that it is working. And she most certainly has publicly disputed the suicide as well as blamed Ativan. This has been documented in her writing on social media as well as in interviews. One of the children referred to his death as “an accident” so there you go, she has fed the kids this “accident” crap as well. The medical facts ie the tox reprot does not back up in any way the theory of an accident or a drug induced suicide so not sure what “medical facts” you think the lawyer was talking about.

          • CLT

            What would you have her tell her children? Obviously you’ve never looked in the face of a child and had to explain why their Mother or Father isn’t on this earth any longer. Your looking at it as if she is being deceitful but you must handle children in a fragile way in these cases. Her kids as well as her step-Daughter they know, but at the end of the day you still try and make it easy for them. Your also taking a statement made by Talinda Bennington comparing Chris’s suicide to Chester’s suicide where she stared Chris’s suicide was drug induced and Chester was mentally ill. Regardless he is gone

          • Nicola

            I don’t know that the kids “know” because his second daughter made the statement on social media that referred to his death as an “accident”…to me that sounds like she was not told the truth. At her age, doubtless she will read otherwise online, so not sure what the point of misinforming her would be?

          • HippieChic61

            “Accident ” versus “he left us intentionally.”
            The point is to not further traumatize their kids!

          • Kay B

            So instead of explaining that he had depression which he has had most of his life, she would rather have her kids think he was a drug addict and overdosed? I have had 3 suicides in my family. All of them because of bipolar disorder. I have bipolar as well. Maybe Vicky should open up the dialog of depression with her kids since they have a chance of having it in the future.

          • CLT

            I am not a stranger to suicide we were left with 2 young girls to raise when their mother (bipolar) killed herself. I am passionate about not passing judgement on those left behind. You don’t know what goes on behind closed doors and that is how it is suppose to be. In closing no one can assume what Vicky knew what the kids knew it’s just not anybody’s business.

          • Kay B

            You’re right that is how it is supposed to be. If you have been following this story since the day he died you would know the ridiculous tweets, statements and the bullying Vicky has been doing herself. I’m not assuming. Vicky has made it very public what she has presented to her kids in this matter. And she is lying to herself and her kids.

          • CLT

            Let’s agree to disagree on certain matter’s and let it go. If she is in the wrong it will eventually come to light. If not then I hope the negativity towards her won’t stun her children any further.

        • Jck

          She has, in fact, disputed it. She has also disputed whether it was ‘intentional’. She did so immediately. It’s almost 9 months later & no evidence—beginning with the tox screen results—supports her ‘relapse’ narrative. If you discount Vicky & those acting @ her behest, none of his family or friends has offered a single anecdote or hint re. a relapse. The way that CC’s brother was vilified for simply calling attention to mental illness & suicide prevention awareness speaks for itself.

          • CLT

            It was topic of conversation in the beginning I agree with that. It was a shock he had passed and the world wants answers. The cause of death was released the tox report was released—what more do you want blood? I am just “Thankful” his autopsy photos were not released to the public the way Chester’s were that crap isn’t right.

          • Jck

            I don’t want anything. I’m just stating my point of view.
            And, btw, ‘What do you want blood?’ is not how I choose to talk to people.

          • CLT

            It is a saying similar to “Beating a dead horse” why go round and round and toss accusations. Your opinion is your opinion but what do you hope to gain by belittling his family?

          • Olga Stewart

            And I think you are also beating a dead horse because the people who have replied to you don’t agree with you.

          • CLT

            I am done discussing this.. your free to have your opinions as am I so if we don’t agree then that’s life.

          • Jck

            Personally, I try to be careful to speak for myself, as accurately as possible. I belittled no one in my comments. I also accused no one.
            I’m not sure why you’re throwing stones, but that would be your choice.

          • CLT

            I have discussed this as much as I care to on this forum. You all are entitled to your opinion as am I it’s called “Freedom of Speech” As I stated to another person on this site “You are free to agree to disagree” and I choose to leave it at that.

          • CLT

            I understand but in reality they owe us nothing it’s their personal story it’s their intimate loss. Whatever they share with the fans the public is at their discreation.

          • Kay B

            Then she should stop being so public.

          • makingconnections

            After the first week or two, many fans didn’t want to hear from her, but she imposed herself and her narrative….shoved it down our throats actually, and continues to do so.

          • CLT

            She is a human being with children she has to live her life just like any normal person does.

          • Kay B

            She is not living normal. She has been doing and saying odd things since his death. If you don’t know what they are you are late to this party.

          • HippieChic61

            Whos to say what “normal” ? Everyone grieves differently. Not to mention being in the public eye while grieving, caring for their kids, their business and adjusting to their loss.

          • Kay B

            I wasn’t the one who brought up normal. Someone did above. I was answering their comment.

          • Nicola

            IF a crime was committed, then that is a whole different story. There has already been a lot of unrest because of various descrepancies revealed in the investigation, by being evasive, more suspicions will arise. It seems prudent to disclose, plus many things are indeed public record.

          • CLT

            You know this how? You read about it so it must be true? You believe everything you read?

        • Olga Stewart

          Actually, she has mentioned Ativan.

          In fact, she is doing so now.

          And I think a truly devoted fan would care about the truth of what really happened to Chris.

          And not all of this nonsense that is being spewed on social media.

          • CLT

            I think a truly devoted fan would let him Rest In Peace and respect the family he loved and cherished and stop pointing fingers. You haven’t walked in their shoe’s and you should kiss the ground you haven’t had to.

          • Olga Stewart

            I respect your opinion.

            But I don’t respect the fact that you feel the need to be snotty about it.

          • CLT

            I try and respect opinions as well and that is not “snotty” that is hoping you will understand how suicide affects a family whether in the lime light or not. When your trying to find closure and give your kids some normalcy but the world won’t let you.

          • Kay B

            Like I said before Vicky is the one who won’t let up and allow herself and her kids to have normalcy. Every time the blame game as you call it goes away, she brings up Ativan again and again. She wants a pay out and to take no responsibility of what happened that night. She stirs the pot. She is pointing a finger and it’s called Ativan.

        • HippieChic61

          10 out of 10!

          • CLT

            Thank You!!

  • makingconnections

    Why do some people not respect the fact that Chris Cornell was a fine and yet complicated human being….many people are. A person can struggle with mental illness in various ways and yet embrace life at the same time. I believe his passing was his choice when he was feeling very low. What amazing gifts he left us and it would be so good if the journey that his life was could be respected.

  • Raj

    Artists have been known to contradict themselves but it’s a lot different than being in that position. I doubt he accidentally killed himself with exercise equipment, if he was having so many side effects from Ativan how would Chris know to cognitively lock two doors in sequential order and then know where on the door to put the band around his neck so it could withstand a lot weight? Given the fact he had also trauma to the back of his head. He may have not bee in a normal state of mind but I think he knew what he was doing to a some degree. For a guy to be supposedly so out of it he knew too many correct things to do. Why not just fall asleep or close his eyes or something? He was still using his phone, his Apple TV system wasn’t working. Seem strange for him to be bothered to use those things if he was way out of it.

  • Gabi Sermoneta

    I was hoping that after the posts from the children this whole drama could come to an end, with fans accepting the tragic loss and the way the family has been handling it. Over the last weeks though this whole narrative about “the drugs made him do it” has been brought up again. Difficult not to make the connection between Talinda’s posts , the “tweets” from the “fans” (which I doubt authentic) and this interview. I find weird that the lawyer discusses his client psychological state in an interview with Law Dragon. He is supposed to present his practice by means of discussing client’s cases but not to get this much into details. Chris did not look well in the months previous to his passing. He looked and sounded fragile (video of The Promise)
    It can very well be that he was acting “happy” and committed suicide. Chester is the proof. He said goodbye to family the previous day with a big smile on his face and went back home and killed himself. I don’t see why this cannot be the case for Chris.
    I just feel sorry that the memory of this man has to be dragged around because of ego- fueled motives, whether it’s insurance money or the resistance to accept that despite the happy picture Chris Cornell committed suicide.

  • Olga Stewart

    I really do think this lawyer is talking too much.

    So perhaps he might want to think about no longer talking about this?

    Oh what a great big mess this has all become.

    And it’s a mess that Chris, his children, and his own family never deserved.

    • Allison Auld

      It’s all about keeping the Ativan angle in the public eye. It will be a year in a couple of months and there still is no acceptance. It must be so hard for the children.

  • Kurt Lynn

    I’m gonna disagree with a majority of you and say this could have possibly happened. I was prescribed Ativan for sleep. Took too many because I didn’t actually fall asleep but was in the same trance as you are on ambien. So I didn’t remember how many I actually took until I came to almost 4 days later. I continued the Ativan use for those 4 days which eventually came to a stop when I had no other choice but to send myself to rehab. Right before that I crashed my car into a sign and kept going on a flat tire punctured by the sign. I didn’t get caught but have a child and that’s why I put myself in rehab. I have had convos with people I saw during those days and I remember none of it. It’s terrifying. I could have easily killed myself even though I feel strongly against it too because of my kid. I have a history of depression, anxiety etc….I was totally out of control on the days I remember nothing. The day I heard this first came out, right away I thought this 💯 can be a cause of this behavior. Yes he had problems, but this could have been the topper.

    • Olga Stewart

      Thank you for your sharing your own experience about this.

      And also, thank you for sharing it in a calm, mature, rational manner (which hasn’t really been done by various other people on social media).

      Also, I’m very sorry to know of what happened to you.

      But I am very glad that you both got help and that you are still here with us.

    • Gabi Sermoneta

      my comment was deleted but was in line with the rest of the comments on this thread. I appreciate your contribution to the debate. It helps getting a wider perspective. I am personally against lorazepam and have read about the side effects of it. I dream of a world where this stuff is not commercialized any longer.

    • Lori Love71

      I mean no disrespect to you at all Kurt, I’m glad you got the help you desperately needed but you don’t mention anything at all about feeling suicidal even though you obviously had way more Ativan in your system in all 4 of those days than Chris was shown to have had after his death, which was very little. So I’m confused at why you think this could have happened in Chris’s case?? Vicky is trying to say that the Ativan caused Chris to feel suicidal so he preceded to hang himself.

  • BranFAN

    Like a broken of *sigh*. Given that the Ativan was at therapeutic levels, the medical examiner’s ruling was correct. I’m sorry for their loss–the world’s loss–but please, stop.

  • makingconnections

    What truly matters to everyone I hope, is Chris Cornell’s legacy. He performed his heart out for a good part of his life. He will be remembered as a brilliant artist, if only the tampering with his memory could end and he could be allowed to “Rest In Peace”.