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Cornell’s widow still awaits details of death



Chris Cornell, at left, and his wife, Vicky Karayiannis, attend the celebration of “Commando: The Autobiography of Johnny Ramone,” in Los Angeles in 2012.

LOS ANGELES — Chris Cornell’s widow said she’s grateful for the support her family has received in the wake of the Soundgarden frontman’s death last month, but she still doesn’t know what caused him to hang himself.

Vicky Cornell said in a statement Thursday she still is awaiting the toxicology reports she hopes will clarify the circumstances around her late husband’s apparent suicide.

“We still have several unanswered questions about what led to his death,” she said. “We believe the toxicology report will answer these questions.”

Cornell family attorney Kirk Pasich said Detroit legal officials denied his request for police and toxicology reports because the investigation remains open.

Ellen Ha, an attorney in Detroit’s Law Department, told The Associated Press Thursday the city sent a denial response letter May 25 to Jeffrey L. Schulman of Liner LLP who claimed his firm represents “the estate and family of Christopher Cornell.”

“On the same day, we responded to multiple media outlets with the same response,” Ha said.

The denial letter sent last week to The AP said the “disclosure of any information at this time would compromise and interfere with” the Detroit police investigation into Cornell’s death.

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