Chris Cornell‘s suicide is just so hard to understand. And to his widow Vicky it’s “inexplicable.”
In a statement early on Friday, she specifically mentioned her husband telling her he had taken “an extra Ativan or two” and that he was “slurring his words.”
The Cornells’ attorney Kirk Pasich concurred, saying the family was “disturbed at inferences that Chris knowingly and intentionally took his life.”
Related: Police Report Details The Timeline Of Cornell’s Death
The family is apparently looking to blame the prescription medication and are hoping the full autopsy results support their case that Chris’ suicide was not his own idea.
It may sound bizarre for a drug used to treat anxiety, but one of the listed side effects of Ativan, the brand name of lorazepam, is suicidal ideation and suicide attempts.
Many on Twitter following the story were quick to support Vicky’s position, including fans, doctors, and recovering addicts:
[Note: Do not take medical advice from strangers on Twitter. Or bloggers. Please do your own research and consult with a physician before taking any medication.]
I can’t believe they put Chris Cornell on Ativan. You don’t put recovering addicts on benzos. They’re highly dangerous & addictive.
— Sean Kent (@seankent) May 19, 2017
ppl in recovery:
Pls don’t take pills just b/c dr prescribes them.
Ask questions. Do research.
He NEVER should have had an Ativan script. https://t.co/lpk8Rn627l
— Amanda (@recoveringmama) May 19, 2017
As a recovering addict, I can attest to this. Ativan, Klonopin, Xanax…drove me to the pits of despair. https://t.co/Gbplr7EMiK
— OneDayLight (@onedaylight) May 19, 2017
Srsly, american doctors are prescribing ativan, lorazepam, a short-acting benzo, to new patients, for anxiety? Man.https://t.co/wymLvGcZvi
— ben goldacre (@bengoldacre) May 19, 2017
I TOTALLY blame big Pharma on sucides like this. Zanax, Cymbolta, Ativan, all of them – they are poisons that do more harm than good. https://t.co/GxitKzne10
— D’Ann (@DAnnStelly) May 19, 2017
How many suicides are triggered by drugs meant to help? Answer is unknowable, but it’s not zero. https://t.co/AvdwzgoHAR
— David Juurlink (@DavidJuurlink) May 19, 2017
He was taking Ativan??? No bloody wonder https://t.co/AGjMIQS5yK via @RollingStone
— daniel york (@danielfyork) May 19, 2017
First Prince, now Chris Cornell. And the “war on drugs” is on plants that do nothing but help people. Absolutely incomprehensible.
— Mr. Mircea (@mistermircea) May 19, 2017
Pharmecutical companies high key killing everybody while low key lobbying against healthy alternatives #Cornell #Ativan
— bEAu (@80bEAu08) May 19, 2017
When will doctors stop peddling these bad drugs that induce suicide? #Ativan may’ve killed Chris Cornell.
— ILikeMyOwnTweets (@curly_colly) May 19, 2017
I believe Chris Cornell’s family when they say suicide would not have occurred were Ativan not involved. That drug is notorious
— Paper Sailboat (@papersailboat) May 19, 2017
Do YOU think Ativan caused Chris Cornell’s suicide?
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Fans Call Out Doctors & Drug Companies After Chris Cornell’s Wife Says Suicide May Have Been Caused By Prescription Ativan