Chris Cornell’s widow Vicky Cornell spoke in an interview with Good Morning America and revealed an emotional statement about her husband. She said that “my husband was not a rockstar junkie.” Here’s the statement:

“I don’t think he could make any decisions because of the level of [his] impairment.

Approximately a year before he died, he was prescribed a benzodiazepine to help him sleep. He had torn his shoulder … the pain in the shoulder was waking him up at night and it was keeping him up.

He had really delayed speech. He was forgetful. The brain of someone who has a substance use disorder is different from that of someone who doesn’t. He relapsed.

You think addiction is a choice, and it’s not a choice. It’s in all of our houses. It’s in rich, poor, it has no racial boundaries, it does not discriminate. I think that if there was less stigma around it, more people would speak up.

My husband was the furthest thing from a rock star junkie. He just wasn’t. He was the best husband, the greatest father. I lost my soulmate and the love of my life.”

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