The physician who oversaw Chis Cornell has been hit with a malpractice suit from Cornell’s widow, Vicky.
Vicky Cornell has filed a lawsuit against his doctor, accusing the physician of over-prescribing drugs that eventually caused the singer to commit suicide. According to TMZ, the lawsuit claims Dr. Robert Koblin prescribed 940 doses of the anti-anxiety drug Lorazepam (a.k.a. Ativan) as well as Oxycodone during the last 20 months of his life, without even examining the Soundgarden singer.
Even though Koblin knew that Cornell was an “addiction-prone individual,” the lawsuit alleges the doctor took no steps to protect Cornell. The lawsuit claims that Koblin never warned Cornell about the dangers of suicide or other side effects of long-term Lorazepam use.
Back in February, Vicky Cornell spoke about her husband’s battle with addiction, saying 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. She said, “In retrospect, I’ve learned it’s not supposed to be given to anyone who’s in recovery, and if you have to give it, they have to be closely monitored and it should not be given for more than two or three weeks.” Cornell was pronounced dead on May 18, 2017 after being found unresponsive in his Detroit hotel room the previous night. Soundgarden had played a show earlier that evening.
Cornell was best known for his work with Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple of the Dog. He also recorded four solo studio albums and one live set on his own.