The widow of Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell claims a doctor negligently prescribed “dangerous” and “mind-altering” drugs to her husband before the rocker died of suicide last year.
In a new lawsuit filed Thursday in Los Angeles, Vicky Cornell claims Dr. Robert Koblin regularly prescribed Lorazepam, also known as Ativan, without any exams while knowing the Grammy winner was addiction-prone.
The negligence and willful misconduct suit alleges the drugs “clouded (Cornell’s) judgment and caused him to engage in dangerous impulsive behaviors that he was unable to control, costing him his life.”
The paperwork states Koblin prescribed nearly 1,000 doses of Lorazepam to Cornell over a 20-month period.
“In someone with a history of substance abuse and/or addictive disorder like Mr. Cornell, Lorazepam was known to increase the risk of suicide by severely impairing judgment and rational thinking and by lessening impulse control,” the lawsuit claims.
“As a consequence of the wrongdoing alleged herein, the world lost a musical icon and the Cornell family lost a beloved father and husband,” the paperwork filed by lawyer Philip Michels states.
The lawsuit seeks compensation for “loss of past and future support, loss of care, comfort, love and affection of a husband and father all other economic and non-economic damages allowed by law.”
A message left at Koblin’s office Thursday was not immediately returned.
Cornell was 52 when he hanged himself in a Detroit hotel room with a cocktail of prescription drugs in his system.
A toxicology screening conducted as part of his autopsy showed Cornell had Lorazepam in his blood as well as the sedative Butalbital, the decongestant Pseudoephedrine and the anti-overdose medication Naloxone.
While notable, the drugs didn’t change the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s preliminary finding that Cornell died from suicide.
“These drugs did not contribute to the cause of death,” the full autopsy report obtained by the Daily News said.
“Chris, a recovering addict, had a prescription for Ativan and may have taken more Ativan than recommended dosages,” attorney Kirk Pasich said in a statement last year. “The family believes that if Chris took his life, he did not know what he was doing, and that drugs or other substances may have affected his actions.”
In addition to his time with Soundgarden, Cornell fronted Audioslave with musicians from Rage Against The Machine and the group Temple of the Dog with members of Pearl Jam.