LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) — The family of late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell has sued the singer’s doctor over his death.
According to CNN, the suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, accuses Dr. Robert Koblin “negligently and repeatedly” prescribing “dangerous mind-altering controlled substances” that impaired Cornell and led to his death.
Cornell’s family alleged that Koblin prescribed Cornell more than 940 doses of lorazepam, a benzodiazepine similar to the anti-anxiety drug Xanex, during the final 20 months of Cornell’s life.
“Dr. Koblin is a competent and conscientious doctor who enjoyed an excellent physician/patient relationship with Mr. Cornell and other members of his family,” James Kjar said in a statement. “The experts I have consulted with believe Dr. Koblin’s treatment was within the standard of care in this community and were not a substantial factor in causing Mr. Cornell to commit suicide.”
Lorazepam, which is sold under the brand name Ativan, lists possible suicidal ideation and attempts among its possible serious side effects.
Cornell was found dead in his Detroit hotel room early on the morning of May 18, 2017, after performing at a Soundgarden concert an hour earlier at the Fox Theater. His death was ruled suicide by hanging.