The 911 call from the night that Chris Cornell died has been released, and it reveals that first responders were delayed in trying to save the singer because they had to remove him from the door from which he had hanged himself.
According to a police report, Cornell’s bodyguard kicked his hotel door open and found him unresponsive, with an exercise band around his neck. Hotel staff then contacted the police.
“I have a non-responsive guest in the hotel, a 50-year-old male inside of Room 1136,” a hotel employee said in the recording before the dispatcher asked if said guest was breathing. “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.”
Medics were unable to revive Cornell while performing CPR on him, and Cornell was pronounced dead. The medical examiner later ruled his death a suicide by hanging, but his family has contested that claim, arguing that he did not intentionally take his own life, because he was under the influence of several drugs.