On Wednesday evening in Detroit, lead singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave Chris Cornell was found dead at the age of 52. It was then reported Thursday by the Associated Press that the medical examiner determined Cornell committed suicide by hanging. As of that afternoon, the Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office had not yet performed a full autopsy report, E! News reported. However, Chris Cornell's family believes his suicide may have been an accident, as revealed in two separate statements; one from Kirk Pasich, the family's attorney, and one from Cornell's wife, Vicky Cornell, released to E! News Friday.
Pasich's statement reads:
As for Cornell's wife, part of her statement reads,
E! News spoke with police officers, who said that Vicky called someone to check on Chris, and they then forced open the door, only to discover his body.
"What happened is inexplicable and I am hopeful that further medical reports will provide additional details," Vicky added. She added:
Cornell's rep, Brian Bumbery, confirmed the musician's death to CNN Thursday.
"His wife Vicky and family were shocked to learn of his sudden and unexpected passing, and they will be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause," Bumbery's statement, released to CNN, reads. "They would like to thank his fans for their continuous love and loyalty and ask that their privacy be respected at this time."