Chris Cornell's Widow Searching for Answers After Musician's Suicide

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Musician Chris Cornell died from suicide on May 18 after he was found unconscious in his Detroit hotel room, but his family is still digging to find out what exactly happened during the singer's last hours.

PEOPLE reveals that Cornell's widow, Vicki Karayiannis, is "mystified" as to why the Soundgarden frontman's cause of death was released without a full autopsy report, and in a new statement, the Cornell's lawyer, Kirk Pasich, alleges that a Freedom of Information Act request for “reports relating to Chris Cornell’s death” was denied by the City of Detroit Law Department.

According to Pasich, the denial read, “Based on information provided by personnel from the City of Detroit Police Department (DPD) Homicide Section, it is our understanding that this matter is an open investigation. As such they believe that the release of any information at this time, including the records identified in your request, would compromise and/or interfere with their investigation.”

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Karayiannis had previously said in a statement that she believes Cornell took the medication Ativan the night he died and is questioning whether the medication played a role in his death, which would be determined by toxicology reports.

“When we spoke after the show, I noticed he was slurring his words; he was different," she said. "When he told me he may have taken an extra Ativan or two, I contacted security and asked that they check on him.”

Pasich alleges that the Cornell family has not yet seen the reports and are hoping to find answers there.

“We are grateful for the outpouring of support as we mourn Chris’ passing, but we still have several unanswered questions about what led to his death,” Karayiannis added in Thursday’s statement. “We believe the toxicology report will answer these questions.”

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