Chris Cornell's Estate Reaches Settlement With Doctor Who Prescribed Drugs

Updated: May 9, 2021


Chris Cornell’s widow and children have reached an undisclosed settlement with Robert Koblin, the doctor who prescribed the highly addictive anti-anxiety medication Ativan to the late Soundgarden singer.


In a lawsuit filed in November of 2018, the Cornell family — his widow, Vicky, and their two kids, Toni and Christopher — alleged that Dr. Koblin made the prescription without first properly examining the vocalist.


In court papers filed last month, attorneys for the Cornell family write:

After years of litigation and settlement negotiations, plaintiffs and (Koblin and Robertson Cardiovascular Center LLC ) have reached a confidential settlement agreement to resolve all claims asserted by each plaintiff. Unfortunately, as with many celebrity cases, this action has also attracted the attention of troubled individuals who have harassed plaintiffs, including by threatening the life and safety of plaintiffs Toni Cornell and Christopher Nicholas Cornell.”

Because Christopher and Toni are minors, the court will need to approve their portion of the settlement. Judge Michael E. Whitaker is scheduled to oversee a hearing for this purpose on July 26.


Cornell died in May of 2017 from suicide by hanging.


Vicky Cornell remains involved in a long-running lawsuit against Soundgarden’s final members over royalties and ownership of Chris’ final recordings.

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