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The Latest: Cornell family cites drug he was prescribed

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FILE - In this July 29, 2015 file photo, Chris Cornell plays guitar during a portrait session at The Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills, Calif. Cornell, 52, who gained fame as the lead singer of the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, died at a hotel in Detroit and police said Thursday, May 18, 2017, that his death is being investigated as a possible suicide. (Photo by Casey Curry/Invision/AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this July 29, 2015 file photo, Chris Cornell plays guitar during a portrait session at The Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills, Calif. Cornell, 52, who gained fame as the lead singer of the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, died at a hotel in Detroit and police said Thursday, May 18, 2017, that his death is being investigated as a possible suicide. (Photo by Casey Curry/Invision/AP, File)

DETROIT (AP) — The Latest on the death of musician Chris Cornell in Detroit (all times local):

FILE - In this May 19, 2013 file photo, Chris Cornell of Soundgarden performs at Rock on the Range in Columbus, Ohio. Cornell, 52, who gained fame as the lead singer of the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, died at a hotel in Detroit and police said Thursday, May 18, 2017, that his death is being investigated as a possible suicide. (Photo by Barry Brecheisen/Invision/AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this May 19, 2013 file photo, Chris Cornell of Soundgarden performs at Rock on the Range in Columbus, Ohio. Cornell, 52, who gained fame as the lead singer of the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, died at a hotel in Detroit and police said Thursday, May 18, 2017, that his death is being investigated as a possible suicide. (Photo by Barry Brecheisen/Invision/AP, File)

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FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2013 file photo, Chris Cornell of Soundgarden performs during the band's concert at the Wiltern in Los Angeles. Cornell, 52, who gained fame as the lead singer of the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, died at a hotel in Detroit and police said Thursday, May 18, 2017, that his death is being investigated as a possible suicide. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2013 file photo, Chris Cornell of Soundgarden performs during the band's concert at the Wiltern in Los Angeles. Cornell, 52, who gained fame as the lead singer of the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, died at a hotel in Detroit and police said Thursday, May 18, 2017, that his death is being investigated as a possible suicide. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

The family of musician Chris Cornell, who was found dead in his Detroit hotel room, issued a statement through an attorney refuting "inferences that Chris knowingly and intentionally" killed himself.

FILE - In this March 25, 2017 file photo, Chris Cornell arrive at Elton John's 70th Birthday and 50-Year Songwriting Partnership with Bernie Taupin in Los Angeles. Cornell, 52, who gained fame as the lead singer of the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, died at a hotel in Detroit and police said Thursday, May 18, 2017, that his death is being investigated as a possible suicide. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this March 25, 2017 file photo, Chris Cornell arrive at Elton John's 70th Birthday and 50-Year Songwriting Partnership with Bernie Taupin in Los Angeles. Cornell, 52, who gained fame as the lead singer of the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, died at a hotel in Detroit and police said Thursday, May 18, 2017, that his death is being investigated as a possible suicide. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

The family said that without toxicology tests completed, they can't be sure what led to his death, or if any substances were involved. According to lawyer Kirk Pasich, Cornell had a prescription for the anti-anxiety drug Ativan, which he said has various side effects.

FILE - In this Aug. 18, 2013 file photo, Chris Cornell attends the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Los Angeles. Cornell, 52, who gained fame as the lead singer of the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, died at a hotel in Detroit and police said Thursday, May 18, 2017, that his death is being investigated as a possible suicide. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Aug. 18, 2013 file photo, Chris Cornell attends the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Los Angeles. Cornell, 52, who gained fame as the lead singer of the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, died at a hotel in Detroit and police said Thursday, May 18, 2017, that his death is being investigated as a possible suicide. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision, File)

Cornell's wife, Vicky Cornell, said in the statement that when she spoke to her husband after the Detroit show, he told her he may have taken "an extra Ativan or two" and was slurring his words.

The MGM Grand Detroit hotel is shown in Detroit, Thursday, May 18, 2017. Rocker Chris Cornell, who gained fame as the lead singer of the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, was found dead Wednesday, May 17, 2017, in his room at the hotel after a performance with his band Soundgarden. Police said Thursday that his death is being investigated as a possible suicide. Cornell was 52. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) © The Associated Press The MGM Grand Detroit hotel is shown in Detroit, Thursday, May 18, 2017. Rocker Chris Cornell, who gained fame as the lead singer of the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, was found dead Wednesday, May 17, 2017, in his room at the hotel after a performance with his band Soundgarden. Police said Thursday that his death is being investigated as a possible suicide. Cornell was 52. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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The medical examiner in Detroit said that Cornell killed himself by hanging after performing at a concert. Police told two Detroit newspapers that the singer was found with a band around his neck.

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Chris Cornell, one of the most lauded and respected contemporary lead singers in rock music with his bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, hanged himself Wednesday in a Detroit hotel room, according to the city's medical examiner. He was 52.

The Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office said Thursday it completed the preliminary autopsy on Cornell, but that "a full autopsy report has not yet been completed." Police told two Detroit newspapers that the singer was found with a band around his neck.

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Cornell's death stunned his family and his die-hard fans, who Cornell just performed for hours earlier at a show in Detroit. He was found dead at the MGM Grand Detroit hotel by a family friend.

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Fekadu reported from New York. AP Entertainment Writer Nekesa Mumbi Moody and Associated Press writers Dennis Waszak in New York and David Runk in Detroit contributed to this report.

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