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911 Call and Police Documents From Night of Chris Cornell’s Death Released

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A 911 call made by a hotel employee on the night of Chris Cornell‘s death in Detroit has been obtained by local ABC affiliate WXYZ, while police records obtained by the Detroit Free Press have also been revealed.

In the 911 call (which can be heard below), the hotel employee states, “I have a non-responsive guest in the hotel, a 50-year-old male inside of Room 1136,” to which the dispatcher responds, “Non-responsive — he’s not breathing?” The hotel employee responds, “No. They found out that the guest is attempting to hang himself, so they’re trying to get him down so they can assist with CPR.”

Meanwhile, the documents reveal that Cornell’s wife called the Soundgarden frontman’s bodyguard Martin Kirsten “because he did not sound like he was okay” over the phone. Kirsten then proceeded to kick down the main door of Cornell’s hotel room and the interior bedroom door and found the singer with an elastic band around his neck.

Medical personel arriving on the scene attempted to resuscitate Cornell, but he was pronounced dead at 1:30AM on May 18. As previously reported, while toxicology reports revealed a mix of prescription drugs in the musician’s system, the official cause of death according to the medical examiner’s report is suicide by hanging.

In addition to the 911 call and documents, photos from the death scene were also released depicting the aforementioned elastic band in the bathroom, as well as prescription bottles elsewhere in the hotel room. We’ve chosen not to post the photos.

911 Call From Night of Chris Cornell’s Death [via Detroit Free Press]

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