However, two days later, Cornell’s wife, Vicky Cornell, began disputing the idea that Cornell took his own life. A full statement was released at the time, and now, Cornell’s family is filing a lawsuit against the doctor who they claim was over-prescribing medication to the singer, which eventually caused his death.
In the lawsuit, Vicky claims that Dr. Robert Koblin prescribed 940 doses of the anti-anxiety drug Lorazepam, a.k.a. Ativan, as well as Oxycodone during the last 20 months of her husband’s life without properly examining him, reports Blabbermouth.
When responding to the claims, Koblin’s attorney stated the prescriptions were appropriate.
“Dr. Koblin is a competent and conscientious doctor who enjoyed an excellent physician/patient relationship with Mr. Cornell and other members of his family,” James Kjar said in a statement.
“The experts I have consulted with believe Dr. Koblin’s treatment was within the standard of care in this community and were not a substantial factor in causing Mr. Cornell to commit suicide.”
Vicky echoed her initial statement following Cornell’s death in the lawsuit, which states “At the time of his death, Mr. Cornell had everything to live for and was planning a future of recordings, performances and continued work as a charitable activist.”
Chris Cornell statue
A statue honoring Cornell was unveiled in Seattle at the Museum of Pop Culture. The ceremony was initially planned for September but moved to Oct. 7 following “overwhelming response from the Seattle community and fans,” according to Vicky.
The statue was commissioned and donated to MoPOP by Vicky and created by artist Nick Marras. It shows Cornell in a signature pose with his boots, dog tag and long hair.
“As an artist, my husband was not only one of the greatest voices in rock history but also one of the greatest and most prolific poets of his time—his contribution to music birthed a movement that would leave an indelible mark on popular music forever,” Vicky says. “It only makes sense that I donate this statue to MoPop with their dedication to the ideas and risk-taking that fuel contemporary popular culture.”
The widow added MoPOP was the “perfect place” for people to check out the museum and pay homage.
“MoPOP serves to celebrate the Seattle music scene and the luminaries who have emerged from the Northwest. Chris was a key figure who has made a lasting impact on generations worldwide,” Jasen Emmons, the artistic director of MoPOP, says.
Thank you to all the fans who joined us last night in Seattle for the unveiling of the new Chris Cornell statue. pic.twitter.com/uvNhX3W5uW
— Chris Cornell (@chriscornell) October 9, 2018