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Chris Cornell’s Widow Suing Doctor For Malpratice Over Rocker’s Suicide

November 1, 2018 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Chris Cornell’s widow and children are suing his doctor for malpractice in relation to the late rocker’s death. TMZ reports that Vicky Cornelle has filed suit against Dr. Robert Koblin for prescribing a dangerous quantity of anti-anxiety drug Lorzepam (Ativan) along with Oxycodone, without examining Cornell or considering the Soundgarden frontman’s history of addiction.

According to Vicky, Cornell was prescribed 940 doses of Lorazepam along with Oxycodone in the last twenty months of his life, but Koblin never examined Cornell or did anything to determine if he would be at risk. The suit also says that Koblin knew of Cornell’s status as an “addiction-prone individual,” noting that Cornell’s substance abuse therapist referred him to Koblin.

The suit claims that Lorazepam increases the suicide risk in addiction-prone individuals, as it impairing judgment and rational thinking and diminishes impulse control. Additionally, it says that Cornelle’s suicide came out of nowhere, with the singer taking his life hours before a sound check for a Detroit concert in which he seemed just fine. Vicky also says Koblin never warned Cornell about the dangers that the drug posed, and allowed non-physician staff to write hundreds of prescriptions for him without showing any medical necessity or providing any monitoring.

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