Chris Cornell’s wife Vicky speaks of her grief over his death in 2017

Chris Cornell’s wife Vicky speaks of her grief over his death in 2017

Vicky Cornell said her late husband, rocker Chris Cornell, did not appear to be depressed or suicidal before he died by suicide after a concert in May 2017. The 52-year-old husband Beloved Soundgarden.

“This was like a tsunami. This was nothing. This was not on the radar. This was not like ‘Oh, we have to deal with this’ in any way,” she said on Thursday’s episode of SiriusXM’s Gayle King show. Gayle King in the House. “Chris didn’t suffer from suicidal ideation, and Chris wasn’t even depressed. Chris was in recovery, and he was on benzos. But again, looking back … it came from nowhere.”

Chris and Vicky Cornell, pictured in April 2017, married in 2004. (Photo: CHRIS DELMAS/AFP via Getty Images)

Chris and Vicky Cornell, pictured in April 2017, married in 2004. (Photo: CHRIS DELMAS/AFP via Getty Images)

Vicky previously said she had “missed the signs of addiction” that her husband had displayed. He was open about struggling with substance abuse for much of his life, but, she says, he was sober for years. Toxicology reports found that prescription drugs were in his system when he died, but did not contribute to his death. The family then alleged in a 2018 lawsuit that Dr. Robert Koblin had over-prescribed the musician. They said the drugs caused him to behave erratically before he died. In May 2021, the family reached a confidential settlement in the case.

Speaking to King, Vicky said she thinks it’s important for people to focus on the root cause of why someone takes their own life, so that cases of it can be prevented.

“With us, I know the reason because I was on the phone with Chris, and he was in some kind of delirium the same night …,” she said. “He called me after the show, and I heard he wasn’t right… He seemed high, and confused. And then just, I don’t know, 30 minutes later, that it was.”

The late musician has one daughter, 22-year-old Lily, with his ex-wife Susan Silver. He and Vicky, who married in 2004, are the parents of daughter Toni, who will turn 18 on September 18, and son Christopher, 16.

Chris Cornell performs in January 2017, four months before his death.  (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Chris Cornell performs in January 2017, four months before his death. (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

She praised her late husband’s parenting skills, saying he was “an instant father.” She also explained that the family went to therapy to deal with their loss, which still feels very fresh, as if it happened six months or a year ago.

“I even have friends who can’t believe that Chris’s clothes and everything are exactly as he left them, just in his closet,” she said. “And that’s another thing when they feel like there are things you have to do to move on. And so I just want to say, to people who are grieving and feel that way, you know – loss – that really is.” there are no rules.”

For Vicky, keeping her husband’s memory alive helps her cope.

“I think it’s very important to let us talk about our loved ones. Let us talk about them every day,” she said. “And for me and my kids, the most important thing is to keep Chris alive in our home. So, he’s talked about every single day. I love it when people talk to me about Chris.”

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, call 911, or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text HOME to the Crisis Text Line at 741741.

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