Chris Cornell’s family settles case against doctor

Chris Cornell’s family have settled their case with Dr Robert Koblin (Picture: Getty Images)

Chris Cornell’s family has settled their case against a doctor who they claimed had overprescribed drugs to the musician before his death.

The Soundgarden frontman was found dead in a Detroit hotel room on May 18, 2017 at the age of 52, with a coroner’s report ruling his death a suicide.  

Cornell’s family had sued Dr Robert Koblin in November 2018, with the late star’s widow, Vicky Karayiannis, alleging that he had been prescribed ‘dangerous, mind-altering substances’ that were said to have led to erratic behaviour.

A settlement was reached by the family and Dr Koblin last month, with the terms remaining confidential.

While traces of drugs were found in Cornell’s body after he died, the coroner’s report ruled them out as a causing factor in his death.

In court documents first reported by Rolling Stone, lawyer Melissa Lerner stated that the documents would remain sealed and redacted in order to protect the Cornell family’s privacy.

She said: ‘Over the past several years, online trolls and other unstable individuals have harassed Plaintiffs, including by threatening the life and safety of [the Cornells’ children].

Cornell’s widow, Vicky Karayiannis, alleged that he had been prescribed ‘dangerous, mind-altering substances’ that were said to have led to erratic behaviour (Picture: Getty Images)

‘As recently as the past few weeks, Plaintiffs have received death threats online. Furthermore, the increased attention to this case has led to other invasions of Plaintiffs’ privacy.’

A judge is still required to approve the parts of the agreement that involve Cornell’s children, with the case going to trial if that does not happen.

Cornell’s family had alleged that Dr Koblin had prescribed the singer more than 940 doses of the anti-anxiety drug Lorazepam between September 2015 and May 2017.

Dr Robert Koblin had denied any wrongdoing or responsibility in Cornell’s death (Picture: WireImage)

They claimed the drugs ‘impaired Cornell’s cognition, clouded his judgement and caused him to engage in dangerous impulsive behaviours that he was unable to control, costing him his life’.

Dr Koblin had denied any wrongdoing or responsibility in Cornell’s death.

His lawyer said in a statement in 2018: ‘Dr. Koblin is a competent and conscientious doctor who enjoyed an excellent physician/patient relationship with Mr. Cornell and other members of his family.

‘The experts I have consulted with believe Dr. Koblin’s treatment was within the standard of care in this community and were not a substantial factor in causing Mr. Cornell to commit suicide.’

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