There's been no solid explanation for Chris Cornell's official ruling death. The ruling of suicide, among the information presented from the case, made no sense.
What I present here is an oddity with Forensic Pathologist Dr. Cyril H. Wecht's, M.D., J.D alleged brief statements on Chris's passing.
"Dismissal of the official ruling. . ." is my analyzation, breakdown, criticisms and conclusions of Chris's death as a result of a homicide. Supporting medical documentations are referenced.
I welcome all respectful comments from professionals and students of forensic pathology and criminology.
Dr. Wecht is strongly against the ruling of suicide of Jeffrey Epstein. Interestingly, I also discovered he criticized Kurt Cobain's ruling of suicide. . . "I just think that it's a staged suicide is what I think that's the bottom line." -Wecht's appearance in the documentary "Soaked In Bleach" from 2015.
After viewing the clip from "Soaked In Bleach", I followed Dr. Cyril Wecht's career and his assertions on high-profile celebrity deaths. It intrigued me further in forensic science, human biology and criminology.
Afterwards, I personally checked out two of several books from Dr. Wecht, "Mortal Evidence" and "Tales from The Morgue". The following experts from "Mortal Evidence" is quite telling.
". . . he doesn't shy away from challenging the accepted line of thought. He speaks his mind, whether it diverges from the popular opinion or not. I believe everyone benefits when a person like Cyril dares to say the emperor has no clothes." - Dr. Henry C. Lee, FORWARD page 8 of, MORTAL EVIDENCE: The Forensics Behind Nine Shocking Cases. 2003.
". . . a body provides clues that can help solve the mystery of not only how that person died, but also how long ago, and in some cases of murder, by whose hand. "Pinpoint bleeding" on the inside of an individual's lower eyelids can be a sign of strangulation. Frothy fluid in the lungs may suggest a drug overdose death in a young adult who shows no signs of heart disease. Those details are critical to a forensic pathologist as he tries to determine the circumstances surrounding a death. After all, the field of forensic pathology is focused on delving into deaths that are violent, suspicious, sudden, unexplained, unexpected, or medically unattended.
Much attention is paid to deaths that are violent or suspicious- which is the realm of homicide detectives, criminalists, coroners, and medical examiners. All of these professionals use forensic science to one degree or another to help solve cases. . ."
". . . Forensic pathologists- coroners and medical examiners- are the ones who tie it all together. They perform the autopsy, collect information from the other investigators, analyze it, and make a conclusion about the cause and manner of death. That is my profession. - Dr. Cyril H. Wecht, M.D., J.D., PREFACE page 11 & 12 of, MORTAL EVIDENCE The Forensics Behind Nine Shocking Cases. 2003.
Now here's the problem. . .
Chris Cornell's death was publicly ruled a "suicidal hanging", despite the fact that he sustained several bodily injuries, a clean toxicology report to follow. Chris sustained serious external and internal injuries more so than Jeffrey Epstein; a high profile convicted sex offender. Yet seemingly, all common people and medical professionals alike are in favour of Epstein's death as a likely homicide.
I didn't want to discuss nor correlate Chris Cornell to Jeffrey Epstein, due to the circulating theories of Chris's involvement to expose human trafficking.
While I acknowledge that the theory of Chris's philanthropy may have eventually lead to his death, the continuous notion that Chris engaged himself heavily in vigilantism I can't fully stand by.
But it's with most certainty circumstantially, medically, physically and forensically, that Christopher John Cornell's death was not by suicide.
If everyone, including several media outlets question the circumstances of Jeffrey Epstein's death, and highly suspect his death to be of foul play, then another serious deeper review needs to be considered for the case of Chris Cornell.
Forensic pathologist Dr. Cyril H. Wecht, M.D., J.D. in this interview with NEXUS EXTRA, reviews and references the findings of Epstein's post-mortem report. He concludes that Epstein's cause of death was indeed a clear-cut homicidal strangulation.
Dr. Wecht is nearly frothing at the mouth with his professional disagreement with ruling of suicide of Jeffrey Epstein. A strong disagreement with the medical examiner who conducted Epstein's autopsy.
How is Dr. Wecht the same person who made the following ambiguous and quite frankly, questionable statements regarding the death of Chris Cornell?
Dr. Cyril H. Wecht, M.D., J.D. authored several books, reviewed and commented on several high-profile deaths both audibly and televised. Particularly going against a popular conclusion, articulating the forensics that supports an alternative outcome. Again, Dr. Wecht gave his professional opinion on the death of Kurt Cobain as a staged suicide from "Soaked In Bleach."
This immediately lead me to be suspicious of Dr. Wecht's "appearance" within the Detroit News two years ago, appeared only twice and quoted briefly.
From the research and information contradicting Chris's death as a suicidal hanging, how could Dr. Wecht be the same medical doctor who strongly opposes Epstein's death as a suicidal hanging after reviewing Epstein's autopsy report?
DR. WECHT SUPPOSEDLY SAID REGARDING CHRIS CORNELL,
“Maybe somebody spoke too soon; it happens,”said longtime pathologist Cyril Wecht, former medical examiner of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, and chairman of the American Board of Legal Medicine board of trustees.“If the head wound is not written up in the report or the autopsy, there’s your answer,” Wecht said. “It was most likely a simple mistake by the EMT.”Wecht has been consulted in a number of high-profile deaths, most famously as the first civilian allowed to examine evidence at the National Archives on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.The pathologist testified in 1978 before the House Select Committee on Assassinations that he disagreed with the Warren Commission’s finding that a single bullet killed Kennedy. “With my work on JFK, I’m not one to dismiss conspiracies just because they don’t match the official story,”said Wecht, a former president of the American Academy of Forensic Science.“But for someone to have paid off both the investigator and pathologist to omit a head wound from their reports … I don’t think even the CIA could do that.” - The Detroit News published July, 21st/17 - Regarding the omitted head injury in Chris's post mortem report.
Q.: Why did the medic say there were “signs of strangulation” as heard on the police scanner?
A.: (DR. WECHT SUPPOSEDLY) In medicine, the term strangulation isn’t referring to a homicidal act, said pathologist Cyril Wecht, former medical examiner of Allegheny County, Penn., and chairman of the American Board of Legal Medicine board of trustees.It denotes a medical condition in which blood flow to part of the body is cut off, he said.“You can strangle yourself,” he said. “When people hear ‘strangulation,’ they automatically think it’s a homicide, but that’s not necessarily the case.”
Q.: Why was there so much blood splattered near the body?
A.: (DR. WECHT SUPPOSEDLY) “In a hanging, the body continues to function, and the heart continues pumping blood,” Wecht said. “Blood vessels become engorged, and they burst. Some blood comes out from the airway, on up through the windpipe, into the mouth, and blood can come out your nose.“Have you ever had someone tell a joke and you spit your drink all over? Well, that’s what often happens with hangings, and when it does you’ll get blood splatters.” - Detroit News, published July, 21st/17.
Here are substantial facts that contradict "Dr. Cyril Wecht's" statements on Chris Cornell. Wecht's statements regarding Chris appeared only twice within the Detroit News two years ago.
For the terms "hanging" and "strangulation" in the fields of forensic pathology and criminology:
Physical or mechanical asphyxia refers to force or an object keeping on from breathing. Strangulation is one of several types of asphyxiation. - What is Asphyxia?
Asphyxia - "a condition in which insufficient or no oxygen and carbon dioxide are exchanged on a ventilatory basis. . . " - https://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/asphyxia
ABOUT STRANGULATION & HANGING: Language Matters - "some language issues that have implications on mechanisms of death and pathophysiological concepts. Firstly, strangulation should not be used as a synonym for hanging. Strangulation is defined as asphyxia by closure of the blood vessels and/ or air passages of the neck as a result of external pressure on the neck."
"It is subdivided into three main categories: hanging, ligature strangulation and manual strangulation. The distinction between these three entities is attributed to the cause of the external pressure on the neck — either a constricting band tightened by the gravitational weight of the body or part of the body (hanging); a constricting band tightened by a force other than the body weight (ligature strangulation); or an external pressure by hands, forearms or other limbs (manual strangulation)."
Explanations for blood and blood splatter at a hanging:
"Saliva may be found dribbling from the angle of the mouth when the head is drooping forward. This is due to the increased salivation before death due to the stimulation of the salivary glands by the ligature. ForensicPathologyOnline/Hanging: WARNING: graphic images "Slight hemorrhage or bloody froth is sometimes seen at the mouth and nostrils, and some blood may be found under the head. This results from rupture of engorged blood vessels, and should not be mistaken for evidence of foul play."
“It’s very unlikely such large amount of blood found in a case of hanging,” Dinesh Rao, a forensic pathologist who has conducted more than 12,000 autopsies, told International Business Times in an email.“…I would like to state at this moment that in partial hangings or [in] incomplete hangings, signs of congestion are common and sometimes we see ruptures of blood vessels as a reason for hemorrhage,” the doctor explained. “This needs to [be] confirmed during [an] autopsy by ruling out trauma as the source.” - INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES. Published July,14th/17.
It is important to understand that Bloodstain Pattern Analysis is one component of a crime scene investigation. The analysis of the bloodstains need to considered in the context of the scene and its associated evidence. - BLOODSTAIN PATTERN ANALYSIS.
Lividity occurs after a person dies. ". . . blood flow ceases after death. The blood that was formerly flowing through the body can be drawn to the lowest point in the body by the influence of gravity."
Laughing causes us to exhale, which means that the soft palate and uvula drop into their breathing position. So if you laugh while drinking, the liquid shoots up into your unsealed nasal passage and out your nostrils. - Blowing Milk Out Of Your Nose.
"DR. WECHT'S " LAST PUBLISHED SUPPOSED COMMENTS IN REGARDS TO CHRIS CORNELL.
"A good lab would have screened for that if the bottle was found at the scene.“Every lab differs, and that drug doesn’t usually result in acute death by itself,” Wecht said. “But it can cause medical problems, and in a complete toxicology screen, you’d want to include that if they knew there was a bottle at the scene.”
Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, who appeared on “Good Morning America” in February to discuss Chris Cornell’s death, said: “It is very likely had he not been under the influence of these drugs, he would have never done such an act that cost him his life.”
But Wecht counters that “it’s not unreasonable to assume Ativan may have contributed to the death, but I don’t disagree with the medical examiner here. As a matter of scientific proof, you can’t know for sure whether taking the drug actually caused the death. So I wouldn’t list it as a cause of death.” - Detroit News, published May, 15th/2018.
The Drug Fueled Narrative
Within the Medical Examiner's Case Registration Summary, page 18 it states, "There are prescription bottles for Omeprazole and Prednisone prescribed to the deceased. I did not observe any other medications, illicit substances, alcohol or tobacco products at the scene."
"Ativan" was not present at the scene.
Yet there's a photograph of a bottle of "lorazepam". Oddly, the image is in black & white with a shallow depth of field. Likely the photo not taken at MGM as the two bottles of Omeprazole and Prednisone. The lorazepam separately prescribed from another location too.
In photography, a "shallow depth of field" is when a photo is taken with the background and foreground blurred.
With the Omeprazole and Prednisone, it's clearly shown in colour, where the two bottles were photographed and what the two bottles were photographed on.
Chris indeed suffered a head injury on the night he died, the wound blatantly visible in photos, video clips and clearly mentioned in audio from the first responder, ". . . trauma to the back of the head." Additionally, Angela Anderson-Cobb’s (MEO Investigator) statements, from under OBSERVATIONS OF THE DECEASED within the reports, ". . . suspected blood near and under his head.”
The head injury Chris sustained that final night was not mentioned by bandmates nor Chris's wife Vicky. Chris's head injury not mentioned at all the year of his death.
Prior to the Detroit News and Alternative Nation reporting on Chris's head injury, but dismissed the wound as a "bald spot", I personally witnessed an exchange Vicky had a with a friend of mine and author Renee S. DeCamillis in real time on March, 1st 2018.
Vicky responds to Renee with, "Yes it could have and most certainly exacerbated all the symptoms."
Then on May, 15th/18 within the Detroit News, Vicky mentions DMCare Express, the ambulance company, had written up a patient care report. I retrieved the scanned image of the report from this channel I followed. I spoke with the uploader inquiring whom granted her the scanned partial report.
The uploader mentioned it to be Vicky. Additionally, the date she uploaded the video of the patient care report on her channel: June, 18th/18.
I've read nearly every article in the wake of Chris's death. What stood out were the timelines, dates and claims by Vicky Karayiannis. Chris's head injury blatantly visible but dismissed as merely a bald spot baffled me to no end!
The contradictions of Chris's head injury not mentioned in the post-mortem report to the written, pictorial and audible documentation of that head injury. . .
#NOMOREBULLSHIT article#4: “April, 13th 2018: CHRIS CORNELL’S WIDOW REVEALS WHAT SHE ASKED SOUNDGARDEN ABOUT FINAL SHOW.” Also featuring, The Detroit News: "May, 15th 2018: Chris Cornell widow rips probe year after Detroit death."
Strong Claims regarding Dr. Wecht.
Dr. Cyril H. Wecht, nor any other professional in the field of forensic pathology, appeared on television or audibly offered any scientific explanation for Chris Cornell's death to be of a legitimate suicidal hanging. Instead, there's ambiguous statements regarding terms like "hanging" and an odd explanation of the large amount of blood in Chris's hotel room bathroom.
In my criticism and utmost opinion in one of my posts, there's a possible forgery of another doctor's name and statements who ambiguously explained how drugs may have lead to Chris's passing.
Why has this "doctor's" statements changed three times in three months?
From GOOD MORNING AMERICA: Chris Cornell's widow says his battle with addiction led to his suicide: 'He loved his life'
"They were not at levels that would’ve caused his death; in other words, it wasn’t an overdose," Cote said. "But what the two drugs did individually and in combination was to really impair his judgment and make him psychically unable to be responsive in ways that he normally would be responsive." Published Feb, 21/18.
From ALTERNATIVE NATION: Chris Cornell’s Widow Reveals What Medical Examiner Told Her About Cause Of Death
“There is clear evidence of drug ingestion leading to impaired behavior. The drugs that were found, and their levels, strongly indicate doses that would impair mental and motor function individually, but have much more powerful effects when found in combination.” Published April,13/18.
“Mr. Cornell had drug levels that would cause significant motor and mental impairment, and that the combination of drugs found in Mr. Cornell’s system have synergistic depressant activity which would impair judgment, cloud intention, impair motor coordination, and inhibit the ability to physically respond to danger,” Cote wrote in his three-page report. Published May,15/18.
After reading "Dr. Cote's" statements and contacting "Dr. Cote" with no response, in addition to everything else ("Dismissal of the Official Ruling". . . ) it's with great certainty the above assertions did not come from an actual professional doctor. The quotes seem to be concocted, likely from a publicist.
Nothing concrete that suggests Chris had been abusing prescription drugs during the last years of his life, nor take his own life by choice. It's also worth repeating time and time again that to this day, Chris's bandmates have not confirmed nor denied the drug abuse or relapse stories. The fact that Vicky Karayiannis retrieved an alleged email 9 months after Chris passed, an alleged email supposedly sent by Chris to a colleague "admitting he'd relapsed" is ridicules.
The mysterious recipient of Chris's alleged email has never come forward.
Lastly, a supposed suicide note from an alleged fan's father on the dangers of Ativan doesn't cut it either.
Possibly administered "butalbital" without his knowledge. . .
There were two points of noticeable deterioration with Chris during his performance of "Outshined" and "Slaves & Bulldozers." Those who were at the show but say nothing was amiss with Chris, consider a second, third or forth evaluation. Not every shred of detail will be observed in one night.
Although I personally wasn't at Soundgarden's last show in Detroit, I've observed what I believe to be nearly all videos uploaded of the final show.
With Chris's performance during "Outshined" right before verse two, it appears Chris attempted to "stay awake", fighting off whatever was signaling his body to collapse.
Observe the gif where I narrow down the exact moment where Chris nearly faints.
As always, come to your own conclusion.
Soundgarden - Outshined- Live at The Fox Theater in Detroit, MI on 5-17-17. Video by Uncle Sam - Alive in Detroit.
Here's Chris's apparent drowsiness with "Slaves & Bulldozers" where he awkwardly walks up to the mic and nearly loses his balance. I narrow down the moment where he appears to nearly fall forward, regaining his balance as he places the mic back onto the mic stand.
Watch the entire video of the performance leading up to that moment, then come to your own conclusion.
Soundgarden - Slaves & Bulldozers - Live at The Fox Theater in Detroit, MI on 5-17-17. Video by Uncle Sam - Alive in Detroit.
Upon the release of Chris's autopsy report, I drew four anatomical sketches with the ligature furrow mark pattern based of the descriptions noted by Assistant Medical Examiner Theodore Brown M.D.
The notes from the medical examiner of the ligature furrow mark are not consistent with a suicidal hanging.