According to TMZ, Chris Cornell‘s wife claims that he was not depressed or in a suicidal state the evening he died.
Sources who talked with Vicky Karayiannis Thursday morning tell TMZ that she spoke with her husband during soundcheck before he took the stage with SOUNDGARDEN in Detroit and after Wednesday night’s show at the Fox Theatre. Vicky is reportedly adamant that Chris was “not in any way, shape or form in a suicidal state. She doubled down and said there were no signs he was at all depressed,” according to the site.
Cornell‘s wife called a family friend Wednesday night and asked him to check on the singer’s well-being. When the friend forced opened the hotel room door, he found the SOUNGARDEN frontman on the bathroom floor.
Police in Detroit told Billboard that they are investigating Cornell‘s death as a possible suicide. Director Michael Woody of the Detroit Police Department‘s media relations said on Thursday morning that officers received a 911 call at midnight from an unnamed person at the MGM Grand Casino in downtown Detroit requesting assistance.
“When the units arrived they were met by a gentleman who indicated that Chris Cornell had been found in his room,” Woody said. “When officers went to the room they found Chris Cornell laying in his bathroom, unresponsive and he had passed away. We are investigating it as a possible suicide but we need to wait on the medical examiner to determine the cause and manner of death.”
SOUNDGARDEN spokesperson Brian Bumbery called the death “sudden and unexpected” and said Cornell‘s wife and family were shocked by it. In a statement, he said the family would be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause and asked for privacy.
During their 13-year marriage, Cornell and Karayiannis became parents to two children — Toni, 12, and Christopher, 11. Cornell was also father to daughter Lillian Jean, 16, from his first marriage to former SOUNDGARDEN manager Susan Silver.