Chris Cornell’s wife, Vicky Karayiannis, has penned an emotional open letter to her late husband a week after his suicide, promising the former Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman that that their paths will cross again.
In the open letter issued via Billboard, Vicky told her late husband how selfless he was, that he was the “best father, husband, and son-in-law” when he was still among the living. She expressed how their “last decade” together had made her happy, and then apologized that she wasn’t able to see the telltale signs that led to his suicide on that fateful night.
Chris Cornell’s wife admits in her letter that while she is “broken,” she will continue to take care of their children.
“I love you more than anyone has ever loved anyone in the history of loving and more than anyone ever will,” Vicky wrote.
Vicky Cornell’s full open letter read as follows:
“To My Sweet Christopher,
You were the best father, husband and son-in-law. Your patience, empathy and love always showed through.
You had always said I saved you, that you wouldn’t be alive if it were not for me. My heart gleamed to see you happy, living and motivated. Excited for life. Doing everything you could to give back. We had the time of our lives in the last decade and I’m sorry, my sweet love, that I did not see what happened to you that night. I’m sorry you were alone, and I know that was not you, my sweet Christopher. Your children know that too, so you can rest in peace.
I’m broken, but I will stand up for you and I will take care of our beautiful babies. I will think of you every minute of every day and I will fight for you. You were right when you said we are soulmates. It has been said that paths that have crossed will cross again, and I know that you will come find me, and I will be here waiting.
I love you more than anyone has ever loved anyone in the history of loving and more than anyone ever will.
Always and forever,
On Thursday morning, news broke that Chris Cornell had died of suicide inside his hotel room in Detroit. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Cornell, aged 52, just played a live show hours before his death. A medical examiner confirmed the cause of Cornell’s death as suicide by hanging.
Chris Cornell’s wife, Vicky, released a statement Friday morning to honor the memory of her husband and the father of her three children. She also revealed that before Chris died he may have taken more than the recommended dosage of Ativan, a prescription drug used to allay symptoms of anxiety. In her statement, Mrs. Cornell said that Chris sounded “different” and was “slurring his words” when they spoke after the show.
“When he told me he may have taken an extra Ativan or two, I contacted security and asked that they check on him. What happened is inexplicable and I am hopeful that further medical reports will provide additional details. I know that he loved our children and he would not hurt them by intentionally taking his own life.”
Vicky’s lawyer, Kirk Pasich, also issued a statement seconding her suspicions as to what may have caused Chris Cornell’s suicide.
“Chris, a recovering addict, had a prescription for Ativan and may have taken more Ativan than recommended dosages,” he said, adding that if Mr. Cornell had taken his own life, he’d not been fully aware.
For now, the notion that Ativan may have caused Cornell’s suicide is just pure speculation. It will take days before the medical examiner can release a full report of the grunge rocker’s toxicology and autopsy results.
Chris Cornell’s funeral has been scheduled for Friday in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Forever cemetery public memorial. The Cornell family are reportedly planning a public memorial to allow fans the opportunity to pay their respects to the grunge icon.
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