Vicky Cornell, wife of the late Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell, is opening up about the tragic death of her husband, according to a new report by Billboard.
Vicky sat down with Good Morning America for her first on-camera interview since her husband's suicide last year. During the emotional interview, Vicky reflected on life without her husband and his constant battle with addiction.
“My husband was the farthest thing from a rockstar junkie,” she told ABC’s Robin Roberts. “He was the best husband, the greatest father. I lost my soulmate and the love of my life. He wanted to be there for his family, for his children. He loved his life, he would never have ever left this world.”
Chris died in May 2017 at the age of 52. He was found unresponsive with a band around his neck inside his hotel room at the MGM Grand Hotel in Detroit, with the state’s coroner ruling the death as a suicide. Toxicology reports also revealed that while drugs were detected in the singer's system, they "did not contribute to the cause of death.”
The 'Show Me How to Live' singer was candid throughout his career about his addiction to various substances, including alcohol and prescription drugs, which he battled for many years, and even managed to overcome many of his addictions after many visits to rehab. When asked if addiction played a role in the rockstar’s ultimate death, Vicky said, "I don't think he could make any decisions because of the level of impairment. I know that people say ‘You can’t blame yourself’ and I’m trying not to, but there were signs,” as she visibly struggled to hold her tears back.
"People think that addiction is like, 'Oh, you were an addict,'" she continued. "I was, I feel, guilty of the same thing. You think addiction is a choice and it's not.”
Vicky and Chris shared two children: daughter Toni, 13, and son Christopher, 12. Vicky's full, emotional interview with Good Morning America airs Wednesday, February 21 on ABC. Watch the teaser to the interview below:
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