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Chris Cornell's Family Sues Singer's Former Doctor

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Chris Cornell's Family Sues Singer's Former Doctor
The lawsuit claims Chris Cornell's doctor "negligently and repeatedly" prescribed the front-man of Soundgarden drugs that contributed to his death.
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Chris Cornell's family is suing the singer's former doctor for prescribing him pills they say contributed to his death.

The lawsuit against Dr. Robert Koblin was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court Thursday. It claims Koblin "negligently and repeatedly" prescribed the front-man of Soundgarden "dangerous mind-altering controlled substances," according to CNN. The suit alleges the prescriptions "caused him to engage in dangerous impulsive behaviors that he was unable to control, costing him his life."

Cornell died in May 2017 in a Detroit hotel room after a show at the age of 52. The autopsy report ruled his death a suicide by hanging. A toxicology test showed he had drugs in his system, specifically lorazepam, also known as Ativan.

The family says during the last 20 months of Cornell's life, Koblin prescribed him more than 940 doses of Ativan, which is used to treat seizures, anxiety, and difficulty sleeping.

The lawsuit claims the doctor knew Cornell had a history of substance abuse and failed to examine or monitor him while taking the drug, according to the Associated Press

If you need to talk to someone, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text "HOME" to the Crisis Text Line at 741741.

If you need to talk to someone, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text "HOME" to the Crisis Text Line at 741741.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.