Rolling Stone has reported that the family of Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell has reached a confidential settlement in their 2018 medical malpractice wrongful death lawsuit filed against a physician who allegedly overprescribed multiple medications for Cornell that “impaired [his] cognition, clouded his judgment, and caused him to engage in dangerous impulsive behaviors that he was unable to control, costing him his life,” allegedly resulting in his suicide in May 2017.
The Cornell family lawyer stated with regard to the settlement, “After years of litigation and settlement negotiations, Plaintiffs and Defendants Robert Koblin, M.D., Robert Koblin, M.D., Inc. and Robertson Cardiovascular Center, LLC (collectively, ‘Defendants’) have reached a confidential settlement agreement to resolve all claims asserted by each Plaintiff.”
The Cornell family’s lawsuit, which alleged medical negligence, lack of informed consent, and willful misconduct, alleged that Dr. Koblin prescribed Cornell over 940 doses of the anti-anxiety drug Lorazepam (Ativan) from September 2015 until his death. The lawsuit also alleged that Koblin prescribed Oxycodone for Cornell but never conducted a follow-up medical examination, performed any lab studies, or perform ongoing clinical assessments.
The wrongful death lawsuit also claimed that Koblin failed to warn Cornell, “an addiction-prone individual,” about the possible side effects of Lorazepam, including impairment of judgement and rational thinking, diminished impulse control, and increased risk of suicide.
The medical examiner who performed the autopsy determined that drugs did not contribute to Chris Contrell’s suicide, although there were traces of seven different drugs in his system at the time of his death.
In arguing that the confidential settlement documents be sealed at the time the documents were submitted to the court, the Cornell family’s medical malpractice lawyer stated, “Over the past several years, online trolls and other unstable individuals have harassed Plaintiffs, including by threatening the life and safety of [the Cornells’ children]. As recently as the past few weeks, Plaintiffs have received death threats online. Furthermore, the increased attention to this case has led to other invasions of Plaintiffs’ privacy.”
About Chris Cornell
Christopher John Cornell, who was born on July 20, 1964, was a singer, songwriter, and musician best known as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the rock bands Soundgarden and Audioslave. He was considered one of the key figures of the 1990s grunge movement and sold 14.8 million albums, 8.8 million digital songs, and 300 million on-demand audio streams in the United States, and over 30 million records worldwide, winning three Garmmy Awards.
Chris Cornell struggled with depression for most of his life and was found dead (suicide by hanging) in his Detroit hotel room on May 18, 2017, after performing at a Soundgarden concert an hour earlier at the Fox Theatre.
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