Chris Cornell’s funeral is set for Friday, May 26th in Los Angeles, CNN reports. Two sources familiar with the situation tell CNN that Cornell’s body was flown from Michigan to Los Angeles on Sunday (May 21st) and his burial will be at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Friday.
The funeral will be private, but the sources tell CNN, “The family is thinking about a (public) memorial for fans, but is coping now with their loss and the funeral service.” No word on when or if that will happen.
The Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman was found dead in his hotel room in Detroit following a Soundgarden performance at the Fox Theatre Wednesday night (May 17th). The Wayne County Medical Examiner has determined Cornell’s cause of death to be “hanging by suicide.”
“The family is thinking about a (public) memorial for fans, but is coping now with their loss and the funeral service.”
Cornell’s wife Vicky has revealed that the 52 year old singer was on prescription Ativan for anxiety. “When we spoke before the show, we discussed plans for a vacation over Memorial Day and other things we wanted to do. When we spoke after the show, I noticed he was slurring his words; he was different. When he told me he may have taken an extra Ativan or two, I contacted security and asked that they check on him. What happened is inexplicable and I am hopeful that further medical reports will provide additional details. I know that he loved our children and he would not hurt them by intentionally taking his own life.”
Cornell was a recovering drug addict, who was in rehab in the past. Cornell’s attorney, Kirk Pasich, says toxicology results will determine if Cornell had taken any other drugs.
“Without the results of toxicology tests, we do not know what was going on with Chris—or if any substances contributed to his demise,” Pasich states. “Chris, a recovering addict, had a prescription for Ativan and may have taken more Ativan than recommended dosages. The family believes that if Chris took his life, he did not know what he was doing, and that drugs or other substances may have affected his actions.”
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