Household of Chris Cornell settles with physician over his demise


LOS ANGELES (AP) — The household of Chris Cornell and a health care provider who they alleged over-prescribed him medicine earlier than he died have agreed to a settle a lawsuit.

Courtroom paperwork filed by attorneys for the rock singer’s widow, Vicky Cornell, and their youngsters, Toni and Christopher Nicholas Cornell, mentioned a confidential settlement had been reached. The paperwork had been filed in April, however they’d gone unnoticed earlier than Metropolis Information Service reported on them Thursday.

The Cornell household alleged within the lawsuit filed in 2018 in Los Angeles Superior Courtroom that treatment, particularly the anti-anxiety drug lorazepam, prescribed by Dr. Robert Koblin led to erratic conduct from the Soundgarden entrance man earlier than his demise in Detroit in 2017 at age 52.

Coroner’s investigators in Michigan dominated Cornell’s demise a suicide by hanging. Checks confirmed the presence of lorazepam, higher recognized by its model title Ativan, in Cornell’s system together with barbiturates and the anti-opioid drug naloxone, however didn’t cite them as a consider his demise.

The lawsuit mentioned Koblin and his Beverly Hills, California, workplace “negligently and repeatedly” prescribed “harmful mind-altering managed substances to Chris Cornell which impaired Mr. Cornell’s cognition, clouded his judgment, and brought on him to have interaction in harmful impulsive behaviors that he was unable to regulate, costing him his life.”

The lawsuit mentioned the physician did this understanding Cornell had a severe historical past of substance abuse.

In court docket paperwork responding to the lawsuit, Koblin and his legal professional denied any wrongdoing or duty for Cornell’s demise.

Emails looking for remark despatched Thursday night time to attorneys for either side weren’t instantly returned.

“After years of litigation and settlement negotiations, Plaintiffs and Defendants … have reached a confidential settlement settlement to resolve all claims,” the Cornell household attorneys mentioned within the April 2 court docket submitting.

The doc mentioned important to the compromise was the settlement to attenuate publicity and maintain the phrases confidential.

The case has “obtained vital media protection and a spotlight from followers of Mr. Cornell and allies of Plaintiffs,” the court docket submitting says. ”Sadly, as with many celeb instances, this motion has additionally attracted the eye of troubled people who’ve harassed Plaintiffs, together with by threatening the life and security of Plaintiffs Toni Cornell and Christopher Nicholas Cornell.”

A decide should nonetheless approve the elements of the settlement that contain the youngsters, who’re each minors, and the paperwork say the lawsuit will proceed towards trial if that does not occur.

Cornell’s wailing voice and his long-haired, shirtless stage presence made him a vital determine within the grunge rock of the Nineties. Soundgarden was among the many first teams to surge to nationwide consideration in a wave that later included Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains.


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