Chris Cornell's widow says his battle with addiction led to his suicide: 'He loved his life'

Vicky Cornell, the wife of the late rock star Chris Cornell, opened up about her husband's death in an emotional interview with ABC News' Robin Roberts.
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Transcript for Chris Cornell's widow says his battle with addiction led to his suicide: 'He loved his life'
Cornell these sound garden front man died in May of last year the apparent suicide. Now this morning his wife Vicki is speaking on camera for the first time since the tragedy giving us a glimpse into the man behind the music and what she says really happened. That fateful night. His powerhouse voice inspiring a generation. But to his wife of thirteen years Chris Cornell was so much more we just known as this. Rock ledge and tell us a little bit more about the type of father and husband he lives. Mean the kids where hints his everything. Listen as he got offstage he was a regular dad he was just Aaland. But the proud father of three also battling private demons. For years struggling with drug and alcohol addiction Dickey says he sought treatment at by 2003. He was sober. But it wouldn't end there. Approximately a year before he dies he was prescribe it bends that I as a pain to help him sleep. He had torn his shoulder he complained about Tina but that. The pain in the shoulder was waking up in retrospect I've learned it's not supposed to be given tending Betty who's in the country and if you. Have to get that they have to be closely monitored and it should not be given for more than two to three weeks so he relapsed. This seven day period. He took when he something pills and then a nine day period to 33. In March Chris reaching out to a close colleagues for help writing in an email. Would love to talk had relapse. He had really delayed speech. He he. Who was forgetful and there were moments where I thought there was like some confusion. Less than two months later he would play his final show he was office. He forgot words he walked offstage. Chris Cornell doesn't do those kinds of things he's not that kind of a rock star people must have been wondering what's going on here. Hours later. Chris passed away my children woke up and that was probably be most tragic. Thing you can effort go through the medical report ruling the cause of chris' death asphyxiation. An apparent suicide in his system seven different drugs that report saying drugs were not. A contributing factor Vicki and many in the medical community say there's more to the story. He wanted to be there for his Pam linked. First children he left his life he would never have amber left this war can you believe it was the addiction that led him to two. What he'd get that mind him taking his life I don't think that he. Could make any decisions. Because. Of the level of impairment the events of that night still weigh on Vickie. People say. Can blame yourself. I'm trying not an. That there were signs. He can't blame yourself kicking you relapse after cancer I had a relapse and nobody questioned it. Why is it wouldn't have an addiction. Which is an illness claims to be different you think addiction to sit choices. And it's not choice what it should message. About addiction. It's an all of our house. It's a rich core. It has no. We shall -- countries think doesn't discriminate no it does not discriminate and I think that if there was. Less stigma around it more people speak up. There's just so much to labeling that comes with that and my husband was the furthest thing from Maine rock star junky he just wasn't. He was. The best. Husband the greatest Compaq. Just three months after his death Tony his youngest daughter on stage with one republic. At our summer concert series a moving tribute to her dad and his good friend Lincoln park's Chester Bennington. Who also took his own life soon after chris' death and ticker that your daughter and to be able to have that presence. We appreciate that from it definitely gets up at her daddy. Yeah. We with Vicki and for children all the very best and appreciate her being so open with us.

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