Chris Cornell’s family struck a deal with a doctor accused of prescribing “dangerous” and “mind-altering” drugs to the rocker.
The Soundgarden rocker committed suicide in 2017 and his relatives – his wife Vicky and their children Toni, now 16, and Christopher, 15 – filed a lawsuit the following year against Dr. Robert Koblin, internist and cardiologist, for over-prescribing the hitmaker “You Know My Name” various medications without really examining him, including an anti-anxiety treatment that was found in Chris’s system after his death.
And now the legal matter has been resolved, although the terms will be kept confidential.
Lawyers acting for the Cornell family confirmed in documents filed in a Los Angeles court last month and obtained by E! News this week: “After years of litigation and settlement negotiations, the plaintiffs and (Koblin and Robertson Cardiovascular Center LLC) have entered into a confidential settlement agreement to resolve all claims claimed by each plaintiff.
“Unfortunately, as in many celebrity cases, this action also attracted the attention of troubled individuals who harassed the complainants, including threatening the lives and safety of complainants Toni Cornell and Christopher Nicholas Cornell.”
The original lawsuit explained that the family was suing the doctor for “negligently and repeatedly prescribing dangerous controlled substances for Chris Cornell, which impaired Mr. Cornell’s cognition, clouded his judgment and caused him to behave dangerous impulses of which he was incapable. to control, which cost him his life. “
However, the doctor and his legal team insisted the prescriptions were appropriate.
His lawyer said in a statement in 2018: “Dr Koblin is a knowledgeable and conscientious physician who enjoys an excellent doctor / patient relationship with Mr Cornell and other members of his family.
“Experts I consulted believe that Dr. Koblin’s treatment met the standards of care in this community and was not a substantial factor in Mr. Cornell’s suicide.”
The trial had focused primarily on the prescription of lorazepam, also known by the brand name Ativan, and although it is given to treat anxiety, an FDA warning says it may cause “a possibility of. suicide ”for patients with depression. and as such “should not be used in those patients without adequate antidepressant therapy”.
The lawsuit said: “In the last 20 months of his life until his death, Dr. Koblin directly and / or through his agents or authorized employees negligently prescribed more than 940 doses of Lorazepam to Chris. Cornell.
“During this same period, he also prescribed various doses of oxycodone. Yet at no time during this period did Dr. Koblin perform a medical examination of Mr. Cornell, perform any laboratory studies, obtain an intermediate history, or do any type of work. He did not even neither saw nor spoke Mr. Cornell physically during this time.
“In a person at risk for substance abuse and / or addictive disorder like Mr. Cornell, lorazepam was known to” increase the risk of suicide by severely impairing judgment and rational thinking and by decreasing impulse control. In addition, continued excessive and uncontrolled consumption can lead to medical poisoning … and greatly increase the risk of impulsive suicide.
“Despite this, Dr. Koblin did not warn or counsel Mr. Cornell about the risk of suicidal ideation or any other known serious side effects from prolonged use of Lorazepam.”
Although several prescription drugs, including Lorazepam, were found in singer Audioslave’s system upon his death, they were found to not have “contributed to the cause of death,” which was found to be only a suicide by hanging.