The widow of late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell has spoken out about the loss of her husband in an interview with ABC.
Throughout his life, Cornell was open about his addictions, revealing in 2009 that he previously went to rehab for a dependence on OxyContin. At the time, he claimed to have been sober since 2002. The star committed suicide by hanging in May 2017, devastating his family as well as fans across the world. According to Vicky, her husband's behavior changed when he was prescribed benzodiazepine around a year before his death.
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"In retrospect, I’ve learned it’s not supposed to be given to anyone who’s in recovery, and if you have to give it, they have to be closely monitored and it should not be given for more than two or three weeks,” Vicky stated. “So he relapsed, and in a seven-day period he took 20-something pills, and in a nine-day period, 33. He had really delayed speech, he was forgetful, there were moments where I thought there was some confusion,” she continued. “The brain of someone who has a substance use disorder is different from that of … someone who doesn’t. He relapsed.”
Despite his issues, Vicky defended her late husband's character, calling for a change in attitude around those struggling with drug addiction. "People think addiction is a choice and it's not. It's in all of our houses, it has no boundaries, and I think if there was less stigma around it more people would speak up. My husband was the furthest thing from a rock star junkie. He just wasn't. He was the greatest father. I lost my soulmate and the love of my life."
Cornell was best known for his work in the rock bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, and was hailed as one of the chief figures in the 90's grunge movement alongside Kurt Cobain.