Personal criticisms of Vicky Karayiannis are solely from some of her public statements, claims, stories, particular antagonistic interactions with others I've witnessed on social media, and her likely untruthfulness surrounding Chris's death.
I do not encourage ill intent her way.
Vicky Karayiannis’s first statement after Chris had passed was that his death was “sudden and unexpected” and that he showed no signs to being suicidal. Afterwards, she then blamed his supposed actions solely on "Ativan." Then again, within the following published interview, she claims she witnessed Chris take “20-something pills” and then “in a nine-day period, 33”. Vicky goes from not seeing the signs to seeing Chris abuse his meds? This raises the question as to why Chris was on tour without a new Soundgarden album to promote. If Vicky knew of her husband’s declining state of mind, why not get him help? Why have him on the road wasting time and energy when he could’ve just been at home resting and checked into rehab?
Within the article, a Dr. Richard Cote, the chair of the department of pathology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, is noted for conducting an independent analysis of Chris’s autopsy report and stated that “two drugs found in his system at the time of his death may have resulted in impaired judgment and motor functions”.
I found this doctor’s statements to be somewhat of a lie. What two drugs specifically? Was this doctor the real deal? Turns out he may be legitimate according to the University of Miami’s website and if so, how would Vicky get a real doctor to lie for her? Why would Dr. Cote put his credibility at risk?
I took it upon myself to contact Dr. Richard Cote on March, 31st/18 via email with the following message:
Richard J Cote,
I’ve recently read an article you are featured in from a rock music media website Alternative Nation. In the article, it’s stated that you’ve conducted an independent analysis of Chris Cornell’s autopsy and that you discovered “two drugs found in his system at the time of his death may have resulted in impaired judgment and motor functions.”
“They were not at levels that would’ve caused his death; in other words, it wasn’t an overdose…”
“…but what the two drugs did individually and in combination was to really impair his judgment and make him physically unable to be responsive in ways that he normally would be responsive.”
I’m wanting to know what these two drugs were exactly:
Caffeine Positive - Peripheral Blood
Naloxone Positive - Peripheral Blood
Butalbital 5.4 mcg/mL - Peripheral Blood
Lorazepam 41 ng/mL - Peripheral Blood
Pseudoephedrine 170 ng/mL - Peripheral Blood
Norpseudoephedrine 10 ng/mL - Peripheral Blood
Barbiturates Presump Pos – Urine
It’s my understanding that if he was physically unable to be responsive, then the method of his reported death would be deemed impossible.
I assure you that my inquiry is just for my personal understanding and I’m simply a fan of the musician that passed back in May of last year. Thank you.
Not surprisingly, I’ve not heard back from Dr. Cote and it’s safe to assume that he was probably paid off, doesn’t want to answer me or he doesn’t actually exist! Keep in mind, we only have the observation and the opinion of medical examiner Theodore Brown and his findings; no illegal drugs and no lethal level of prescription drugs were found in Chris’s system. There was no second thorough examination of Chris’s body nor a second opinion on the injuries Chris sustained that were, according only to Theodore Brown, “evidence of treatment and “consistent with hanging."
Lastly, I want to go over this alleged email Chris sent to a alleged friend.
First of all, Chris never sent this email. Hell, I believe it to be a complete forgery! Anyone can photoshop an email.
It was important for Vicky to dig up this “email” 9 months later proving that Chris “relapsed?”
If this is an actual email from Chris, I believe the blurred sections were carefully placed to make Vicky’s claims of Chris’s supposed drug addiction more plausible, taken out of context and continuing to throw Chris under a speeding train!
The first time I saw this “email”, I wondered if Chris actually used his name, CHRIS CORNELL explicitly in an email message and if he, let alone anyone who “fell off the wagon", would say they “had a relapse”, strikes me as a bit odd. I’m sure someone would say they “had a relapse” but in this case, it’s a bit much.
Vicky, from what I know, has complete access and control over Chris’s, Soundgarden’s, and Audioslave’s pages on Twitter. I’m assuming the Facebook pages as well. There’s no doubt in my mind she also has access to Chris’s personal email too. Immediately after Chris died, Vicky has tweeted, retweeted, blocked, made statements, posted images and videos non-stop!
QUICK FACTS: Vicky Karayiannis:
* She called her insurance lawyer (Kirk Pasich) minutes upon learning of Chris’s passing.
* She did not fly to Detroit to pick up her husband upon learning of his death.
* Quickly cremates her husband’s body (Cremation is strictly forbidden in the Greek Orthodox religion she and her family practice)
* Allegedly, she was not present at the cremation of her husband.