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Chris Cornell widow speaks about the musicians suicide for the first time

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Chris Cornell widow speaks about the musicians suicide for the first time

Vicky Karayiannis, the widow of musician Chris Cornell, spoke openly and on video for the first time about the suicide of the Soundgarden frontman.


She was on Good Morning America this morning and said that about a year before her death, Chris’s doctor prescribed the anxiolytic benzodiazepine for him to sleep, since the musician would have injured his shoulder and could not sleep because of ache.

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It turns out that according to Vicky, she later discovered that one should not administer this type of medication to a person who is recovering from addiction to controlled drugs, as was the case with Chris Cornell. In the program, she said that if this happens, it should be done with close monitoring and for a maximum of three weeks.

She also reported that the singer had relapsed and over a period of one week took more than 20 tablets of the drug and in another period of 9 days took nothing more, no less than 33 tablets.

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Karayiannis ends by saying that he was a guy who wanted to be with the family and would never have left this world had it not been for overdose of drugs, which left him “unable to make any decision.”

She even said that he was never a “rockstar junkie” but rather the best husband, best dad, who lost his soul mate and who tries not to blame himself for what happened, but it is difficult because “there were signs.” Crying confided that people think addiction is a “choice,” not an illness, and said Chris Cornell felt guilty about it.

Chris Cornell passed away on May 18, 2017 in Detroit, when he hanged himself in a hotel room after a Soundgarden show.

Watch the full interview below:

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