Chris Cornell's Doctor, Who Allegedly Prescribed Him '940 Doses Of Anti-Anxiety Drug' Prior To Suicide, Settles Years-Long Lawsuit With Rocker's Family
Chris Cornell's family has settled their years-long lawsuit with the rocker's former doctor, who they claimed loaded him up with hundreds of anti-anxiety prescriptions in the months prior to his death.
The late Soundgarden frontman's widow Vicky Cornell sued Dr. Robert Koblin in 2018 for malpractice.
Vicky accused the Beverly Hills doctor of prescribing Cornell "940 doses of the anti-anxiety drug Lorazepam" and Oxycodone during the last 20 months of his life.
In 2017, the singer died by hanging in Detroit at age 52.
Recently filed court documents show a confidential settlement has been reached between Cornell's widow, their two children -- Toni and Christopher Nicholas Cornell -- and Koblin.
City News Service was the first to report on the documents which were published last month.
The original lawsuit claimed Koblin "negligently and repeatedly" prescribed "dangerous mind-altering controlled substances to Chris Cornell which impaired Mr. Cornell's cognition, clouded his judgment, and caused him to engage in dangerous impulsive behaviors that he was unable to control, costing him his life."
It also alleged Cornell was an "addiction-prone individual," adding he had a history of substance abuse, something Koblin had allegedly been made aware of.
The lawsuit also claimed the doctor didn't warn Cornell that suicide was a possible side effect of the drugs.
Koblin's attorney denied any wrongdoing on his client's part.
"After years of litigation and settlement negotiations, Plaintiffs and Defendants ... have reached a confidential settlement agreement to resolve all claims," the documents state, which are dated April 2.
They also made it clear that the parties involved were to keep the settlement information confidential.
The filing says that the lawsuit has "received significant media coverage and attention from fans of Mr. Cornell and allies of Plaintiffs significant media coverage and attention from fans," to the point where the family started getting death threats.
"Unfortunately, as with many celebrity cases, this action has also attracted the attention of troubled individuals who have harassed Plaintiffs, including by threatening the life and safety of Plaintiffs Toni Cornell and Christopher Nicholas Cornell," the documents read.