After nearly two month of incomplete details, investigative files from Detroit police help flesh the end the last hours that singer kris Cornell"s life.

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The reports, acquired Tuesday by the complimentary Press, paint a late-night scene of a frantic wife thousands of miles away, a dogged bodyguard and also a crew of emergency personnel futilely trying to rescue the Soundgarden singer, that was found unresponsive ~ above a restroom floor through a band approximately his neck.

Timeline:Death of kris Cornell, singer"s critical hours

The new documents offer couple of new revelations around that night in May, when Cornell, 52, was pronounced dead in his suite at the MGM grand Detroit. Yet they perform offer the most finish official account come date, with papers including a 911 call, scene photographs, investigators" reports and a statement from Cornell"s bodyguard.


According come the records, derived under a flexibility of information Act request, a call native Cornell"s wife triggered bodyguard young name Kirsten to walk to the Soundgarden singer"s suite — Room 1136 — to examine on him "because the did not sound like he to be OK."

Unable to access the locked room, Kirsten kicked open up the key door, climate did the very same with the inner bedroom door. 

"I went inside and the restroom door was partially opened, and I might see his feet," Kirsten called police in a signed statement.


The bodyguard loosened the band approximately Cornell"s neck, climate tried come resuscitate the singer through compressing his chest, Kirsten said in his statement.


Additional clinical personnel to be summoned, and Cornell was pronounced dead at about 1:30 a.m., an hour and also 15 minutes after Kirsten was an initial contacted through Cornell"s wife, Vicky Cornell.

Police identified the fatality to it is in a suicide, a department spokesperson said. That matches the ruling make public through the Wayne County clinical Examiner"s Office the job of Cornell"s death. 

The documents released Tuesday chronicle a several-week investigation right into the occasions of might 18, which followed Soundgarden"s performance at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. The fatality of Cornell, among the signature voices in modern-day rock, garnered worldwide attention.


Police photos released Tuesday show the blood-splattered bathroom, the red exercise band presumably supplied in the hanging and the damaged door jamb from the bodyguard"s compelled entrance. Also pictured were personal effects such as Cornell"s Delta airline ticket from brand-new York to Detroit, prescription pill bottles and an acoustic etc lying ~ above a brown chair.

Dozens of pictures in the report were blacked out. No photos of Cornell"s body were visible.

Officials additionally released audio of a 911 call placed by an evident hotel employee in ~ 12:56 a.m. Reporting a "nonresponsive guest ... Inside of Room 1136."

"The guest to be attempting to hang himself," the caller said.

The 911 operator asked: "He"s no breathing?"

"No," the caller said.

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Tuesday"s documents come amid weeks the uncertainty and also speculation about the circumstances approximately his death. Early on on, an attorney because that Vicky Cornell said the household was "disturbed in ~ inferences that kris knowingly and intentionally took his life."

“He didn’t desire to die,” Vicky Cornell told people magazine in an interview released last month. “If he was of sound mind, I understand he wouldn’t have done this.”


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Cornell"s autopsy report, exit June 2, claimed toxicology tests detected lorazepam, i m sorry is supplied in the therapy of anxiety and also sold as Ativan; pseudoephedrine, a decongestant; naloxone, used to respond to effects the opioids; butalbital, a sedative, and caffeine in his system. However the report revealed the drugs "did not add to the cause of death."

Cornell, who was 6-foot-3 and also weighed 180 pounds, was in a torn gray T-shirt and also black underwear, follow to officials. No keep in mind was discovered at the scene.

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As the occasions surrounding Cornell"s death unravelled that night almost two month ago, Vicky Cornell was on the phone seeking updates, the bodyguard called police. 

"She called me that she dubbed the front desk and they hung increase on her," Kirsten"s declare said. 


She called earlier a couple minutes later, another person answered and told her he was hearing around the incident, he said.

MGM cool Detroit "has assisted completely with the investigation into this matter," spokeswoman Yvette Monet said in an e-mail to the free Press. "Out the respect for the family, we will not be providing any kind of information past the info that we have already listed to authorities.”

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