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Christopher John (Boyle) Cornell: July, 20th 1964 - May,17th/ 2017. The Apparatus Examined.

May, 1st/19. (RIVISED OCT/22)

The circumstances surrounding Chris's passing remain shrouded in falsehoods.

What I've presented entirely so far with my thoughts, feelings and opinions on Chris's death did not please everyone.

Several things with Chris's abrupt passing I couldn't ignore and I had to speak my mind, a powerful obligation to be his voice. Chris, a fellow Cancerian, who's not only greatly inspired me with his music, also expressed and demonstrated triumphs over the darkness he's lived with. A desire for change, a desire to continue creating more music and especially, a desire to live.

What I feel deeply for Chris I hadn't realized I harbored until the morning of Thursday, May,18th/17.

With that, I have utmost respect and condolences to close friends and family of Chris's. One of many artists who I deeply value. With the unlikelihood of anyone of significance to Chris to come across all that I've written here, I hold no ill intentions and I'm simply one among several Soundgarden fans who felt a tremendous loss that day.

" You don't know what drives somebody to do that, but if I ever committed suicide, I would do it in a way that meant no one ever knew that it was suicide - because to me, the biggest fear of killing myself would be what it would do to my friends and family." "If things are fucked enough that I want to kill myself, the last thing I want to do is go out and really fucking hurt a bunch of other people." - Chris Cornell in 1994 reflecting on the death of Kurt Cobain; Tales from the Crypt! 55th paragraph.

Chris by Jesse Frohman. One of my favourite photographers.

“If I think about the evolution of my life as it appears in songs for example, Higher Truth is a great example of a record I wouldn’t have been able to write, and part of that is in essence because there was a period of time there where I didn’t expect to be here. . .,”

“And now not only do I expect to be here, and I’m not going anywhere, but I’ve had the last 12 years of my life being free of substances to kind of figure out who the substance-free guy is, because he’s a different guy. Just by brain chemistry, it can’t be avoided. I’m not the same, I don’t think the same, I don’t react the same. And my outlook isn’t necessarily the same. My creative endeavors aren’t necessarily the same. And one of the great things about that is it enabled me to kind of keep going artistically and find new places and shine the light into new corners where I hadn’t really gone before. And that feels really good.”- Chris Cornell in 2015.What Chris Cornell Has Said About Depression and Addiction published May, 18th/17 under OVERCOMING ADDICTION.

Photo by, Casey Curry.

Christopher John Cornell: July, 20th/64 - May, 17th/17.

I absolutely do not believe Chris ended his own life on the night of Wednesday May, 17th/17.

I absolutely do not believe Chris abused any prescription medications nor illegal drugs from the beginning of his healthy, productive sobriety to the last year of his life.

I absolutely do not believe Chris suffered an alleged relapse in 2016 claimed only by Vicky Karayiannis.

Anecdotal evidence, conjecture and the over exaggeration of prescription medications have been used to support Chris's supposed suicide. The claims of prescription drugs, illegal drugs ("track marks" story heavily suggested by TMZ) the quick ruling of suicide and the hasty cremation of Chris I continue to hold issues with.

Post-Mortem Report & Circumstantial Breakdown (2 part forensic analyzation)

Published: 2018.

Chris's Shoulder Injury.

Two different news articles were published on Feb, 21st/2018. Vicky states that Chris endured a shoulder injury and was prescribed benzodiazepine to help him sleep. Variety erroneously notes benzodiazepine as a painkiller while Canoe, correctly notes the medication to treat anxiety.

Vicky says that his behavior changed after he was prescribed the painkiller benzodiazepine, approximately a year before his death, to help him sleep after a shoulder injury. -Variety.

Chris Cornell’s widow has called out the rocker’s doctor for prescribing him a drug deemed unsuitable for recovering addicts to treat a shoulder injury a year before his death.The Soundgarden frontman, 52, had been sober since 2003, but his wife, Vicky Cornell, reveals he suffered a relapse in 2016 – and she believes that ultimately led to his suicide in May 2017."

Approximately a year before he died, he was prescribed a Benzodiazepine (anti-anxiety medication) to help him sleep,” she told TV show Good Morning America. “He had torn his shoulder. He complained that the pain in his shoulder would wake him up.” -Canoe.

Chris Cornell’s widow has called out the rocker’s doctor for prescribing him a drug deemed unsuitable for recovering addicts to treat a shoulder injury a year before his death. Cornell, 52, had been sober since 2003, but his wife, Vicky Cornell, reveals he suffered a relapse in 2016 – and she believes that ultimately led to his suicide in May, 2017. Published Feb, 22nd/2018

In all three articles, it is stated that benzodiazepine was prescribed to Chris to treat his shoulder injury, but the fact of the matter is, benzodiazepine is not prescribed to treat painful bodily injuries.

What are benzodiazepines? Benzodiazepines are a class of medications that work in the central nervous system and are used for a variety of medical conditions, such as anxiety, seizures, and for alcohol withdrawal. Benzodiazepines appear to work by blocking excessive activity of nerves in the brain and other areas in the central nervous system. As a class, benzodiazepines are similar in how they work in the brain but have different potencies and durations of actions. Because of this, some benzodiazepines work better than others in the treatment of particular conditions. Common examples of benzodiazepines include alprazolam (Xanax), diazepam (Valium) and lorazepam (Ativan).Common benzodiazepine uses:

-for sleep

-to induce relaxation and loss of memory of medical procedures or surgery

-to reduce anxiety (anxiolytic)

-panic disorders

-to treat or prevent seizures

-alcohol withdrawal treatment

-muscle relaxant

Chris indeed suffered a "severe shoulder strain" during his second Songbook Tour back in 2013; 3 shows in total were cancelled in order for him to recover.

What shoulder injury was Vicky referring to? Did Chris injure his shoulder again in 2016, the same year she claimed that he relapsed, or was it the same shoulder injury Chris sustained from 2013?

The Exercise Band.

The video clip (published August 9th/2018) is from John Spiro. Spiro stated that the band was for shoulder therapy, and that "the resistance band was 5feet long looped around the neck most likely 4 1/2 feet" and was part of a 3 piece kit. That was his response within the video when I asked him the brand of the band. When I inquired again about the brand of the exercise band, Spiro responded back stating that the band was "no longer available" and that "the anchor was sold separately".

John Spiro stated in his video description that "The same exact resistance band and anchor that was used on Chris Cornell."

The band being part of a 3 piece kit explains the presence of the 2 other bands, green and blue, photographed at the scene.


The brand of the exercise bands photographed in Chris's hotel room is Bollinger while the carabiner clip & door anchor are of the brand Bionic Body.

The Bollinger band was used with the Bionic Body, 2 piece accessory kit (carabiner clip & door anchor) in Chris's supposed suicide by hanging.

However, the two brands have different uses:


Details: This Bollinger Fitness 3-in-1 Adjustable Band Kit helps strengthen you muscles by adding resistance to your workout. This fitness accessory features a 3-in-1 design that allows you to customize the resistance level of your workout.

-Three latex bands in light, medium and heavy

-Great for strengthening upper and lower body

-Use bands separately or combine them for increased resistance

-15 minutes of use burns 85 calories

-Focuses on strength and toning

-Brand: Bollinger Fitness

-Model: 5861

-Material: Rubber, neoprene

-Dimensions: 36 inches long x 1 inches wide x 1 inches deep

-Recommended for ages 12 years and older

*Examine closely to see the two bands (photographed at the scene) have only one of the handles attached to the bands that's included in the 3 piece kit.

*One of the intended purposes of the Bollinger bands.

Enlarge the image to see the word "Heavy" on the band photographed at the scene, as well as the other handle the bands came within the 3 piece kit.

Product details

Brand Bionic: Body

Material: Plastic

Color: Black

Sport Type: Exercise and Fitness

Included Components: Door Anchor

Recommended Uses For Product: Workout

-HEAVY-DUTY NYLON WEBBING – Constructed from extremely sturdy nylon; this gear has a durable surface that won’t cause abrasions; scratches; or marks. Its premium construction makes it a reliable gym accessory that will last workout after workout

-EASY AND QUICK ATTACHMENT – Featuring a convenient carabineer clip; this door anchor easily and securely attaches to any standard door frame. Quickly fasten the anchor to the top or the center of a hinged door; letting you exercise virtually anywhere

-COMPACT WORKOUT ACCESSORY – Take your training to the next level and exercise wherever you are with this functional addition to your resistance tubes or power bands. Its compact ergonomic design lets you stow it in your bag for training on the go

-UNIVERSAL DESIGN – This door anchor attachment is universally compatible with any resistance bands and tubes. You can utilize it for any resistance band/tube-based exercises; strength training; cardio; aerobics; physical therapy; or even bodybuilding

-PERSONALIZED WORKOUT – Designed for more efficient home workouts; this fitness workout gear’s high-functioning design ensures hassle-free attachment of resistance tubes to door frames; letting you quickly change exercises without losing momentum

*Note the door anchor and the carabiner clip attached to the end of the Bollinger band.

One handle for the Bollinger band removed and replaced with the door anchor and clip. (Bionic Body)

*Note the multiple intended uses for the Bionic Body door anchor, as well as the placement for a resistance tube in the loop of the door anchor.

*Opposed to the images depicted of the door anchor at the scene.

View of the door anchor outside the bathroom door.

*The door anchor was placed in the wrong way.

The loop of the door anchor is intended to be at the front of the door.

The image below of the door anchor outside the bathroom door, supposedly with the carabiner clip jammed in place between the top of the door and door frame.

The two images below (outside the bathroom door) supposedly demonstrate the band pulled from inside of the bathroom (Chris's alleged hanging) thus caused the door anchor to be pulled into the closed door and door frame. *This also is supposedly with the carabiner clip jammed in place between the top of the door and door frame.

View of the carabiner clip on the top of the bathroom door from outside the bathroom.

*Further examination and dismissal of the demonstrated "hanging" in part 1 of the analytical breakdown, Dismissal of the Official Ruling. . . under "Partial Suspension"

To conclude, observing the "hanging" demo depicted in the photographs from the scene, strongly indicates the items used (the Bollinger "HEAVY" red band with one of its handles and the Bionic Body door anchor and the carabiner clip) were manipulated and the scene staged, appearing as though an apparatus was used as a method, allegedly by Chris, to commit suicide by hanging.

A Personal Replication.

I replicated the "noose" with a band from my own resistance tube kit.

This grey "heavy" resistance band of mine has a maximum resistance of 100lbs. My own body weight of 140lbs would indeed snap the band! Also with my band, the measurement was just like Spiro's measurement of the red band "5feet long looped around the neck most likely 4 1/2 feet."

The "noose" at the scene.

The bands are color coded to indicate resistance: LIGHT, MEDIUM & HEAVY. The red tube labeled HEAVY for resistance.

Chris's Shoulder Injury. (continued)

Going back to my question from earlier, What shoulder injury was Vicky referring to? Did Chris injure his shoulder again in 2016, the same year she claimed that he relapsed, or was it the same shoulder injury Chris sustained from 2013?

Referring back to the two articles linked above, Chris Cornell postpones Delaware show do to injury & Chris Cornell cancels remainder of tour due to injury, Chris strained his shoulder in 2013 and cancelled 3 shows of his Song Book tour of 2013 in order to rest! Whether or not Chris took medication in 2013 to relieve shoulder pain I can't say. However, due to Chris's committed sobriety from 2003, I strongly doubt it.

From what I've gathered, Chris's possession of resistance bands for possible aid in physical therapy makes sense. Chris's strained shoulder was reported to be severe in 2013, and perhaps the injury carried on mildly for three years. Healing times for physical injuries vary from the amount of physical activity one engages in.

Seemingly, Vicky referred back to 2013 of Chris's shoulder injury and allegedly, Vicky mentioning Chris's strained shoulder of 2013, would serve as a legitimate reason as to why Chris "would be back" on drugs.

Benzodiazepine as an aid for sleep and relief of pain was evidently misinterpreted in Variety.

Touring while in "excruciating pain?"

Had Chris's shoulder strain been painful enough that he "couldn't sleep", and according to Vicky, reported in prescribed, "Benzodiazepine" to help him sleep a year before his death, though benzodiazepine is not prescribed to treat physical injuries, he sure as hell went through the painful agony while touring world wide for 56 shows during the Higher Truth tour in 2016, (Personally seeing him live, remarkably fit and strong on Sunday, July, 24/2016) Before that, 29 shows in 2015 solely for his North American tour for Higher Truth, which the majority of the time, Chris physically played all of his acoustic guitars with no qualms.

Additionally, there was the first time reunion tour for the 25th anniversary of Temple Of The Dog, also taking place in 2016. Then, there was the one night anti-inaugural ball of 2017, Chris's arms raised and wide out at times, clapping, Chris jumping and at one point, Chris diving into the crowd, arms out and all.

Anti-Inaugural Ball 2017.

Audioslave's full performance starts at 54:00.

Lastly, the short Soundgarden 2017 Spring tour with Chris energetically (excluding the last show in Detroit, not entirely energetic) moving around to all songs, pacing the stage, gripping the mic and PHYSICALLY PLAYED all of his guitars.

Oh, also in 2015, Chris performed with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.

No cancelled shows of the last 3 years of his life. No agonizing pain laced over his face due to a bodily injury that I can find.

Cardio and Isometric Workouts.

Regarding fitness, this is what I've read,

So you decided to get back into shape. What did you do?

"I prefer not to use any machines. I focus a lot on cardio, which is what I do when I'm on stage. I also am into isometric workouts. When I'm mentally distraught, I work out. I'm always hiking or walking these days. And I still love my mountain bike."

So now that you're back on the road, do you get to work out?

"At this point, I'm performing three shows in a row for more than two hours at a time and then I'd get a day off. That is my workout. I don't do anything on the off days so I can prepare for the next show. I need that day off to rest to be able to sing that long."


Personal criticisms of Vicky Karayiannis are from a few 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 stories and her behaviour were quite suspect a month after Chris's passing. To be brief, Alternative Nation, a news based website for rock music, and personally, a questionable source for authenticity, had been the primary source for Vicky's several changed stories.

The following are previous posts going over particular articles from Alt-Nation, articles that are strongly laced with falsehoods. The emergence of these stories after the release of Chris's clean toxicology report, indicated that the narrative of "Ativan" and Chris's past of substance abuse were heavily being pushed.

It's with great certainty that the following stories were concocted by Vicky herself:

Regarding an alleged suicide note from a "fan's father" and the "dangers of Ativan."

Regarding an alleged email "sent by Chris" to an unknown colleague "admitting he had relapsed."

Regarding an alleged exchange between Vicky and Assistant Medical Examiner Theodore Brown M.D. *This supposed conversation happened a month after Vicky's Twitter exchange (an exchange I personally witnessed in real time) with a friend of mine Renee DeCamillis . Vicky claimed that the medical examiner's statement of, "these drugs did not contribute to the cause of death" really meant that the drugs were not the "mechanical cause."

Under REGARDING DR. RICHARD J. COTE. Comments from "Dr. Richard J. Cote" within the Detroit News that are highly suspect.

Lastly, The "hands" of Martin Kirsten.

Observing closely and comparing the right hand from the scene below to the right hand of Martin pictured with Heidi Klum, the hands photographed really do not look to be of Martin Kirsten's at all.

The hands also appear to be different from one another; hands not even from the same person.

Additionally, the photographs do not appear to be natural. The swabbing in every photo strangely looks "posed" rather than "captured". Are photographs of a CSI collecting physical and DNA evidence at a crime scene necessary?

As mentioned before, I strongly believe the images of room #1136 to be staged.

On a personal occasion, I had a "hand expert", basically an artist who draws from still life and human anatomy, look at the photograph of the hands and said the hands didn't belong to the same body. In addition to the artist's opinion, I had two co-workers of mine, knowing nothing about the case, examine the hands and came to the same conclusion. They're not the hands of the same body.

As it appears, the fingers on the right hand are longer, a skinnier wrist, skin slightly darker and of a man's hand in comparison to the left hand, the fingers shorter, a wider wrist, lighter in skin tone and possibly the hand of Martin or a woman.

Why would the investigators take a photo of what strikingly appears to be hands from two different people?

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