Soundgarden's Chris Cornell killed himself, coroner says
I swear, man, sometimes being a member of this generation feels like fucking All Quiet on the Western Front, the scene with all his fellow soldiers falling all around him. A whole lot of these people who died
were addicts who couldn't get clean because they couldn't afford the treatment and didn't have insurance.
When I sobered up, I had (shitty) job health insurance, but no way I could have taken off work let alone paid for two to three weeks of rehab, I didn't tell anyone at work, and what I had was AA and a supportive partner. (Altho you could argue my addiction wasn't "bad enough" since I didn't get fired, although I was drinking on the job. If you felt like me schooling you about "bad enough" crap.) I did the ninety-in-ninety thing like my life depended on it. I probably wouldn't be here if I hadn't. And you know what separates me from someone who tried and failed and tried and failed and tried and failed and couldn't make it? Good fucking luck.
And with mental illness and addiction, they're always twined around each other like fucking snakes. Some people get addicted because they're self-medicating, some people get horribly depressed after they get hooked, the beginning is always really difficult to tease out. But the connection's always there. Congratulations, you now have two intimately related life-threatening conditions!, what kind of insurance is going to cover that? Not a lot.
(And if I hear one more person oh-so-hiply say they were not surprised, I'll punch them. Suicide is an impulsive act.
If you can interrupt the person while doing it or right before -- it's got a technical name but I forget what it is -- the rate of survival goes way, way up. Even if someone has meticulously planned or mentally rehearsed for decades or done practice runs til their friends have given up in despair, if you can interrupt them in time, you can stop them. At least for that time. Which might be enough, just once. Which is all we can really hope for.)
//sees the internet has Eddie covered, locks Mark Lanegan in a nice quiet clean room with plenty of sheet music, kale chips and sparkling waterLou Reed - People Who Died w/ Jim Carroll - 9/25/1984 - Capitol Theatre (Official)Temple of the Dog - Seasons (Chris Cornell) – Live in San Francisco"Seasons" - Chris Cornell live @ Royal Albert Hall, London, UK 3 May 2016