Chris Cornell’s family settles legal case against late musician’s doctor

Soundgarden star died by suicide in 2017

Louis Chilton
Friday 07 May 2021 12:15
Chris Cornell's last performance with Soundgarden

The family of the late Soundgarden star Chris Cornell have settled a legal case against a doctor whom they alleged had overprescribed drugs to the musician.

Cornell died by suicide in Detroit back in 2017. Vicki Cornell, the singer-songwriter’s widow, had claimed that Dr Robert Koblin had prescribed “dangerous, mind-altering” medication which led to Cornell behaving erratically.

Last months, a settlement was reached between the parties, the terms of which remain confidential to protect the family’s safety.

“Over the past several years, online trolls and other unstable individuals have harassed Plaintiffs, including by threatening the life and safety of [the Cornells’ children],” wrote Melissa Lerner, a lawyer for the Cornell family, in court documents seen by Rolling Stone.

“As recently as the past few weeks, Plaintiffs have received death threats online. Furthermore, the increased attention to this case has led to other invasions of Plaintiffs’ privacy.”

Soundgarden, the rock band fronted by Cornell, were best known for their 1994 hit “Black Hole Sun”.

A coroner’s report revealed that traces of several drugs were found in Cornell’s body, but ruled that they did not contribute to his death.

Suing Dr Koblin in November 2018, Cornell’s family claimed that Cornell had been prescribed over 940 doses of anti-anxiety drug Lorazepam by the medical practitioner between September 2015 and May 2017.

In court documents responding to the lawsuit, Dr Koblin denied any wrongdoing or responsibility in Cornell’s death.

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