We published a blog a little over a week ago discussing the numerous questions that remain surrounding the death of Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell. It appears as if the City of Detroit Police Department has also not ruled anything out in the case. According to a recent Rolling Stone article, the attorney for the Cornell family filed a FOIA request for more information, which was denied by the department. The following statement was recently released from the Cornell family attorney:
Full Statement by Cornell Family Attorney and Vicky Cornell
Kirk Pasich, attorney for the family of the late Chris Cornell, today said that the City of Detroit Law Department denied a request his firm made under the Freedom of Information Act for reports relating to Chris Cornell’s death, stating: "Based on information provided by personnel from the City of Detroit Police Department (DPD) Homicide Section, it is our understanding that this matter is an open investigation. As such they believe that the release of any information at this time, including the records identified in your request, would compromise and/or interfere with their investigation."
Mr. Pasich confirmed the family has not yet seen any of the police or toxicology reports, noting that the family remains mystified that the medical examiner announced a cause of death when the full autopsy report has not been completed.
Given the information above, Mr. Pasich said that the family hopes there will be an end to speculation about the cause of Mr. Cornell’s death while the family awaits the definitive and complete reports. Vicky Cornell, the late star’s widow, said, “We are grateful for the outpouring of support as we mourn Chris’ passing, but we still have several unanswered questions about what led to his death. We believe the toxicology report will answer these questions.”
So does this mean they are considering this a possible homicide?