Rolling Stone has reported that Vicky Cornell, widow of Chris Cornell, is suing her late husband’s 87-year-old doctor Robert Koblin for malpractice.
Vicky claims that Dr. Koblin “negligently and repeatedly” prescribed Chris “dangerous mind-altering controlled substances… which impaired [his] cognition, clouded his judgment and caused him to engage in dangerous impulsive behaviors that he was unable to control, costing him his life.”
The source wrote:
“According to the suit, obtained by Rolling Stone, Koblin allegedly prescribed Cornell over 940 doses of the anti-anxiety drug Lorazepam (also known as Ativan) between September 2015 and his death by suicide in May 2017.
“At the same time, the suit claims, Koblin was prescribing Cornell Oxycodone, though it alleges that the doctor never conducted a medical examination of Cornell, performed any lab studies or clinical assessments.
“Cornell is suing for, among other charges, negligence, failure to obtain informed consent and willful misconduct.
“A representative for Vicky Cornell declined to comment. Koblin and Robertson Cardiovascular Center, another defendant named in the suit, did not immediately reply to requests for comment.
“Cornell’s suit alleges that Koblin failed to warn the singer about possible side effects of Lorazepam. The drug can impair judgment and rational thinking, diminish impulse control and increase the risk of suicide in addiction-prone individuals.
“The suit claims Koblin knew Cornell was an ‘addiction-prone individual,’ because Koblin was referred to Cornell through Cornell’s therapist for substance abuse. In addition, the suit claims that Koblin allowed his non-physician staff to write many of Cornell’s prescriptions while unsupervised.”
Koblin’s attorney James Kjar issued the following statement (via Alternative Nation):
“Dr. Koblin is a competent and conscientious doctor who enjoyed an excellent physician/patient relationship with Mr. Cornell and other members of his family.
“The experts I have consulted with believe Dr. Koblin’s treatment was within the standard of care in this community and were not a substantial factor in causing Mr. Cornell to commit suicide.”
Meanwhile, Xana la Fuente, the girlfriend of late Mother Love Bone singer Andy Wood, asked Vicky to drop the charges, writing to her via Twitter:
“With respect, I must say this. I lived with Chris. He spoke of suicide a lot – we were close. People hide their younger more immature self later in life but fundamentally they are the same person. His lyrics can be brought into court. Do not do this. Let him rest.