Family of Soundgarden's Chris Cornell refuting claims he intentionally killed himself

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DETROIT (AP) - Rocker Chris Cornell, who gained fame as the lead singer of Soundgarden and later Audioslave, has died at 52.

Detroit Police said Cornell's death is being investigated as a possible suicide.

Police spokesman Michael Woody told The Associated Press on Thursday morning that he can't provide details on what led investigators to make that determination, but noted there were "basic things observed at the scene."

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.

Cornell died at the MGM Grand Detroit hotel. Cornell was on tour and performed Wednesday night in Detroit with Soundgarden.

The family of the musician issued a statement through an attorney refuting "inferences that Chris knowingly and intentionally killed himself."

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.

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 police spokesman said Cornell's wife called a family friend and asked him to check on Cornell. Woody said the friend forced open a hotel room door and found Cornell on the bathroom floor.

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