Chris Cornell's widow Vicky has opened up about her husband's recent suicide. Speaking in the most recent edition of People, Vicky affirms her belief that Cornell had no intention of taking his own life and made a mistake due to a mix of depression meds.
"My Chris was happy, loving, caring and warm," says Vicky. "This was not a depressed man-it wasn't like I missed that. What I missed were the signs of addiction."
She adds: "He didn't want to die. If he was of sound mind, I know he wouldn't have done this."
According to Dr. Benjamin Nordstrom, addiction psychiatrist at Phoenix House, "It's hard to overstate how unpredictable the effects of mixing various mind-altering substances can be. Some of these combinations, especially those that involve sedative drugs, can lead to levels of impairment that are far out of proportion to what would have happened if the drugs were taken separately." He adds, "In addition, suicide is nearly impossible to predict for families and professionals alike. Anyone struggling with substance abuse should seek help."
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