It took a second to believe that...that's really occurring because it wasn't on the news yet..." - Josh Homme, regarding the 2015 Bataclan Shooting
Regardless of what you believe about Chris Cornell's death, the story given to the public simply makes no sense. All one has to do is take a look at the narrative that was given to the public and break it down piece by piece, then the entire story just falls apart. So I'm not going to waste time here giving my personal views on why all of this matters, I'm just going to jump right into it and you can decide if it matters to you.
FIRST, A BIT ABOUT SOURCES
The reason the man with the red shirt and X on his chest is pictured above is because most of what we know about Cornell's death comes from him. His name is Martin Kirsten. We are told he was Cornell's bodyguard and that he accompanied him to his room just after the show. Martin was not only the last person to see Cornell alive, but he is also the one who gave him the Ativan pills, and he is the person who discovered the body. So it is very important for people to understand that almost everything we know about Cornell's death so far relies on this man's testimony. A man we know very little about and who has not yet given any sort of statement regarding this to the media. We will go more into Martin Kirsten later in the blog, but just keep that in mind while you read on. Martin's testimony was presumably given to Detroit authorities, and the police report was then given to Detroit Daily news. Almost every news story you see ANYWHERE was derived from this report or this Daily News article. If other news sources have been given access to the police report, I have not found them. The other source of information, we are told, comes from Cornell's widow Vicky. The information from Vicky is based upon an interview given within 24 hours after Cornell's death. Nobody seems to have the entire unedited interview and she has not spoken in front of a camera regarding these events. Vicky's account seems to compliment Martin Kirsten's account. The only other source who has provided information OUTSIDE of the Detroit Daily News narrative is TMZ - who claim to provide "exclusive" information. TMZ is known as a questionable tabloid style media source. But the unfortunate fact is that they have a wide influence given their huge financial backing. So we will include the few bits of information provided by TMZ simply because people generally believe what this tabloid publishes.
[11:15pm] Cornell had walked off stage with his bandmates about 11:15 p.m. to the raucous cheers of a sellout crowd of more than 5,000 fans.
[11:30pm] Within 15 minutes, Cornell was back in Room 1136 at the MGM, where bodyguard Martin Kirsten helped fix the star’s computer and gave him two doses of an anti-anxiety medicine, according to the police report.) According to the police report, Kirsten gave Cornell two Ativan pills, “which victim takes for anxiety,” the report said.
After playing an exhausting set in front of a sold out crowd, why would Cornell's first priority walking into his hotel be to get on his computer? At 52, he probably wanted to relax and leave that sort of thing till the morning. If he wanted to send some sort of message out to his fans he could easily have done this from his Smartphone. We are never told what he wanted to do, but obviously it must have been pretty important for him to bring his bodyguard along to fix it. Keep in mind, this is a guy who was going to commit suicide in one hour, so again, his reason for needing a functioning computer must have been extremely important. The other possibility is that Martin Kirsten needed to get on his computer. Perhaps there were files on the computer containing information that were extremely important for some reason. But all of this goes completely unexplained. This is the first red flag indicating a media coverup.
We are told Cornell had a prescription for Ativan. Why is his bodyguard holding his prescription and why is he being left with the responsibility of dolling it out? Why is Kirsten not speaking out about Cornell's drug use that night? If we are to believe all of these stories about how "off" Cornell was during his last performance, surely his own bodyguard and "family friend" could assess his condition and knew that it was not smart for his client to take pills at that point. So why did he give them to him? We never get the answer to this question. Also, if Cornell is having his computer fixed so that he can get into it, why would he take Ativan? Again, he just played an exhausting sold out performance. Ativan is taken as an ANTI ANXIETY. It calms you down and makes you sleepy. If he had something so important to do on the computer, why would he want to be sleepy? This doesn't add up because it didn't happen that way.
[11:35pm] At 11:35 p.m., Cornell was on the phone with his wife. “He was different,” she said. Her husband was slurring his words, sounded groggy and kept repeating: “I’m just tired,” according to a family statement and a police report obtained by The Detroit News. “When he told me he may have taken an extra Ativan or two, I contacted security and asked that they check on him.” “Victim’s wife ... stated victim is a recovered drug addict,” the report said.)
An "extra Ativan or 2?" If his bodyguard gave him 2, what are the extras he is talking about? This is incomplete information. What are we supposed to do, imagine what else happened? Well yes, and then we get help from TMZ and other garbage news sources who fill our imagination with bullshit to cloud the truth. Anyway, let's keep going here....
If Cornell was already on the phone with his wife 5 minutes after getting back to his hotel, does this mean his computer was already fixed, that Kirsten already left, that he already popped 2 pills, and that he already did what he needed to do on the computer? That is an awful lot to cram into 5 minutes. We are also told that he was "slurring his speach" on the phone with his wife at this point. If the Ativan was responsible, how did it kick in so fast? Pills do not kick in within 5 minutes even if you are on an empty stomach. This is why it is very important to know what Chris may have (or not) taken before the show. Regardless, he was not slurring his speech when addressing the audience, so even if he was "fucked up" before the show, he was a far cry from slurring his speech when he sang "Outshined." As of this writing, we are still awaiting toxicology reports. But at this point it's almost a given that there is a cover up regarding events before the show, as the band is not being allowed to speak publicly. Surely they would know what Chris does before his shows, would they not? If anyone knows when Chris' performance is off, it's the guys he's been playing music intimately with for the past 33 years or so. And yet, we've heard nothing from them. While I was typing this up, Greg Allman passed away. We had a statement from the band within less than 24 hours. He was known to be struggling with his health, and he was 69. Not that it is any less tragic, but that sounds like a believable story. Cornell's story on the other hand, just has red flags all over it. Let's look at some more.
[12am] Police received a 911 call at approximately 12 a.m. from a family friend, according to Michael Woody, Director of Media Relations for the Detroit Police Department.[Rolling Stone]
According to Detroit Daily news, a medic didn't show up until 12:56am. If Kirsten didn't get the call from Cornell's wife until 12:15, it's pretty hard for this "family friend" to have made the 911 call at "approximately 12am." At the earliest, he would have called about 12:17. Is that "approximately 12am?" Also, it doesn't take an hour for a medic to show up after getting a 911 call. A homeless man would have had a medic quicker. Either Rolling Stone is lying, Michael Woody lied, Detroit Daily news is lying, or all of the above. Also, 911 calls are time stamped and recorded. There is nothing "approximate" about them. Details like this are slightly important when we're talking about the possible suicide of someone who had no apparent motive to do so. In fact, Cornell had quite a bit of motive to live. Do we hear that in the media reporting on this? Its sad that everyone in this story gets the benefit of the doubt except Chris Cornell, who isn't here to give his side.
Various news articles have reported this story in a similar manner, but Martin Kirsten is often referred to in different ways, ranging from "Family Friend," to "The Security Team," to "Cornell's Bodyguard." All these articles are saying the same thing and gathering info from the same source. If there is only 1 police report and Michael Woody (director of media relations for Detroit police dept) is the only one who gave the public this information, why is there anything vague at all about who was called to check on Cornell? Why do so many of these news articles omit Martin Kirsten's name, when clearly, he is the one who was called to check on Chris? Also, where is the proof that he was a "family friend" or even Cornell's "bodyguard" at all? Don't bodyguards typically appear in public with their clients? Good luck finding a pic of Martin Kirsten with Chris Cornell, let alone with his family. (You will however find tons of pictures with him and Heidi Klume, with whom he had a year long affair which began before she divorced Seal and while he was her bodyguard - more on this later) It's pretty hard to GUARD someone's BODY when you aren't even in their physical presence.
[12:15am] She [Vicky Cornell, Chris' wife] called Kirsten at 12:15 a.m....After hearing from Vicky Cornell, Kirsten walked two doors down to Cornell’s suite, to which he had a key, but found the door latched, the report said. “(Kirsten) called security from hotel phone in hallway ... stating he needs to get into (the) room to check on (the) victim,” the report said....“Security stated they can not let him into the room because he is not registered to that room,” the report said. “At this time (Kirsten) kicked in the door with his feet and ... went to the bedroom door and (the) latch had been engaged on this door also. “(Kirsten) again called for security but could not gain access to (the) room,” the report said. “At this time (Kirsten) kicked in (the) bedroom door and found victim laying on the bathroom floor.”
When Martin Kirsten called Hotel security and they refused to let him into the room, common sense dictates that security would be on their way in seconds, at the very least to check things out. This is a man trying to get into a room he is "not authorized" to go into after midnight. What kind of security staff wouldn't go check on this matter, especially when we are talking about the singer of a very big band? There is simply no logic to this. Also, did Kirsten bother to knock and ask Chris if he was ok before immediately bashing the door down like James Bond? Cornell's wife presumably alarmed him, but if I was the one who just fixed Cornell's computer and gave him the pills that made him slur - I would think that I had the confidence to know he was ok if anyone did. Immediately kicking the door down indicates that he KNEW the singer could not or would not open the door, without even asking. How did he know this? I would certainly like to hear these phone calls and see the video footage, which allegedly was used to determine Kirsten Martin did not re enter Cornell's room after fixing his computer and fixing him with pills. I'd like to see this video footage of Martin Kirsten kicking a door down which is double locked from the inside and so would a lot of people. Why doesn't TMZ obtain/release this footage? Surely they have the inside sources and the money to bribe the right people. They are so keen on sensationalism, this would seem to be a "no brainer." If I owned TMZ, that would be a top priority. But if I was helping to cover things up, I would not touch the subject. I would focus on making Cornell look look a suicidal, depressed drug addict, And that is exactly what TMZ has been doing from the start of this. What am I hinting at? I don't know, what does it sound like to you?
If Kirsten is a career bodyguard, I suppose his ability to kick in a door which is double locked on the inside at a high end hotel would be better than the average person. Nonetheless, I'm sure kicking down the door was no easy task and probably made a very loud noise. But apparently this kicking down of Chris Cornell's hotel door was not reason for hotel security to immediately show up, nor bystanders from other rooms to come by who would surely have heard the noise. In fact, HE calls security. He is now INSIDE the room having broken a door down. Again nobody shows up, again he doesn't knock or ask if Chris is ok through the door, simply bashes the door down with his super human foot, which probably is in just perfect condition after kicking in the front door already. None of this happened, it doesn't make any sense.
Kirsten finds Chris' body on the floor, but how did the body get on the floor if he hung himself? The Detroit Daily news never gives any details regarding how Cornell managed to hang himself, only that he USED an exercise band. So that is only HALF THE STORY. Why are they leaving out the other half? Without something to fasten this exercise band to, which could hold Cornell's entire body weight until he dies, only strangulation could have caused his death. And I doubt in his "drugged out" state he had the strength to do that. That leaves only Kirsten with the ability to strangle Cornell. But who comes to the rescue here to save Kirsten from this incriminating possibility?
We've learned the Soundgarden frontman secured a red elastic exercise band attached to a carabiner to the top of his hotel bathroom door. A carabiner is a device commonly used by mountain climbers which they attach to a belt to keep them from falling. The device can withstand enormous weight...Cornell jammed the door shut with the carabiner at the top of the frame. The carabiner was jammed so tight it left an indentation in the door frame. [TMZ posted 5/19/17]
When TMZ says "we've learned that..." and doesn't even bother to give the source, you can bet this is an outright lie. Don't even come to me with accusations of "conspiracy theory" if you accept bullshit like this. This bit of info has NO source, yet everyone believes it. So what the hell does this even mean, first of all? He pulled the door shut to jam the thing in place? Did he hammer at it until it was jammed? Or did he just shove it into place with his super human Ativan inspired strength? This sounds way too difficult and complicated for a guy who is all fucked up and slurring his words. Ativan makes you tired, it doesn't turn you into the incredible hulk or Macgyver. Chris was not a short man, he was 6'2. An average door frame is about 6'8. That gives him 6"s of stretch before his feet touch the ground. Since we have no pictures of any of this, we have no way of looking up the exercise band to determine if it has 6"s of stretch or more and what the stretch rating is. But one might assume it wasn't meant to handle supporting the weight of an entire human body. Chris Cornell was not a small guy, so he must have been around 175 to 200LBs. That's a lot of weight for an exercise band AND a carabiner jammed into a door frame to support, regardless of how awesome his "carabiner jamming abilities" were. If that all supported his weight while he twitched and squirmed to death by hanging, he'd very likely still be hanging around 15 minutes or so later when Kirsten kicked the bathroom door in. Therefore, this kicking in of the door would have been blocked by Cornell's body or sent the body flying onto the floor. This part of the story is never discussed because none of this happened the way we are being told.
Being an experienced bodyguard, why didn't Mr Marten attempt CPR and take the band off of Cornell's neck immediately? When Dimebag Darrell was shot multiple times, we had a witness who went on record stating she was a nurse and immediately tried to perform CPR on Darrell, who was on the ground bleeding from the head. There were others who got shot attempting to give Darrell CPR as well. How would these people know to attempt CPR and yet Martin Kirsten did not? Again, this is all bullshit.
[12:56] MGM medic Dawn Jones arrived at the room at 12:56 a.m., the report said. “Jones untied the red exercise band from (the) victim’s neck and began CPR on (Cornell, who) was not breathing.”
EMS Unit 42 was at the scene by 1 a.m. An emergency medical technician also unsuccessfully performed CPR on Cornell, according to the report.
If Martin Kirsten went and kicked down 2 doors to save Cornell from a fate he had no awareness of at about 12:15am, that means it took 41 minutes before a medic arrived. The story we were told makes it sound like Martin Kirsten broke down 2 doors and made a couple calls to the front desk one after the other. If we were to give Martin the benefit of the doubt (which is all anyone is doing during this entire investigation by the way) we could say it took 15 minutes for him to break down the doors and discover Chris (again, no witnesses, no hotel staff show up during this time). That still leaves 26 minutes before the Medic arrives. And its not like this medic was coming from across town, we are told he was the MGM house medic. Also, if someone called 911, how did the MGM medic show up before the city of Detroit ambulance/medic? The only thing that even begins to explain any of this is that the hotel was in on it. But guess what? Nobody's talking. And this seems to be just fine with the public, who are busy sharing tear jerking stories about loved ones who they "also lost to mental illness."
[1:30] “At 1:30AM on 5/18/2017, victim was pronounced dead (by a doctor who came to the scene),” the report said.
Homicide detectives arrived at the room and began their investigation, while another officer phoned Cornell’s wife to break the news he’d been found dead.
In a statement issued by Vicky Cornell and attorney Kirk Pasich, the lawyer said the family needs the results of toxicology tests to be sure what happened to the alternative rocker. “The family believes that if Chris took his life, he did not know what he was doing, and that drugs or other substances may have affected his actions,” Pasich said.
I'm not going to get into these statements by Vicky Cornell and her lawyer, because at this point we've already got more than enough lies to digest and sort through. But I think it is telling that nobody seems to have published the entire un-edited interview with Vicky nor do we have her on camera making any comments. It is disturbing to note that there are indications she is assisting with the cover up, or is perhaps being censored in some way. Whether that is for her own and her family's protection or not I don't know. But something is very wrong here, and its bigger than people realize.
A BIT ABOUT MARTIN KIRSTEN
Despite how it sounds, I am not claiming that Martin Kirsten took out Chris Cornell. But it sure looks that way. We don't really know anything about him, accept from what we know about his previous relationship with Heidi Klume. This story was very well publicized and there are many pictures online. Kirsten was Klume's body guard for a few years while she was still married to singer Seal. Although Seal and Klume were already separated, they were still legally married when Klume started seeing Kirsten. Seal's feelings on this matter were very public, and he didn't exactly think it was cool. Martins reputation as a "house dad" was then fostered as he was pictured with Klume's children publicly. The reason Kirsten "dumped" Klume was that he felt he was spending too much time being a Dad to Klume's children and his "security career" was suffering. When they broke up, Klume supposedly bought Kirsten's mom a house in South Africa and gave him a bunch of money so "he wouldn't talk." We are never told why or what she didn't want him talking about.
There is also a small story that made the news a few years back when a stalker of Chris Cornell was supposedly "foiled" by Kirsten when he spotted her in a crowd and had authorities head her off. It was a very unimpressive story which I will not bother posting here - you can google it.
The only other things we know about Martin Kirsten is that he was apparently born in South Africa, but gets called "an Aussie," presumably because he moved to Australia at some point. Good luck trying to find out anything else about this guy, including how he came to be a "friend" and bodyguard of Chris Cornell. As stated earlier, there don't seem to be any pictures of the 2 of them online anywhere.
As for motive in the killing of Cornell, I'm not sure. But given Kirsten's complete lack of public interaction regarding this event - and the media's blatant disregard for his perspective, when he is clearly the most important living figure connected to the event, this very strongly suggests a coverup on a large scale.
IN MY TIME OF DYING
It has been widely reported that Soundgarden closed their last show with "In My Time of Dying," a Led Zeppelin song. This is being sold as some sort of indication that Chris intended to kill himself. Anyone who looks this up will discover that first of all, they don't do the song at all, Chris simply inserts an almost spoken word version of a few of the lines in the MIDDLE of the song "Slaves and Bulldozers." That is much different than playing the entire song. They've been closing their set like this for many years, in fact I found a 2013 version of it on youtube which took all of 3 minutes to find. It would be much different if they never played it and then suddenly did it the night he died. However, if my memory serves correct, during that same part of the song Cornell USED to at times speak lines from the song "Alive" by Pearl Jam. The fact he switched from "ALIVE" lyrics to "In My Time of Dying" lyrics, I will admit, creeps me out a little. And I would also be lying if I did not admit his face during the last performance does, at times, feel as though he may know he is giving his last performance. But these are things that are very easy to read into in retrospect and could simply be ones imagination. Cornell often had a somber delivery, as his music does have somber moments. I can even recall seeing them in the early 90s and witnessing Chris stumble and smirk about while he screamed his lungs out. So its not like any of this wasn't already part of his act. And if anything I would think his age has only exaggerated these mannerisms. It's part of why we loved him. He was a sincere, emotional performer. That's not the same thing at all as being "suicidal."
TMZ EXCLUSIVE CONTENT
Chris Cornell 'High, F***ed Up' During Last Performance Chris Cornell was messed up during his Detroit concert ... hours before he committed suicide -- this according to a longtime confidant who was present and working the event....Ted Keedick, who worked with Chris for the last decade as his house engineer and tour manager, tells TMZ, "Chris was out of character from note 1 of the show. I've never heard or seen him that way before, at least if we did not cancel a show."...Keedick says Chris seemed "high" and "f***ed up," but not depressed. In fact, Keedick says during sound check Chris was in good spirits. It's consistent with what Chris' widow says of her phone conversations with Chris before and after the show....Keedick says Chris was off during the entire show, saying, "I'd never heard his voice that way before. He was having serious control problems."...Keedick was positioned in the middle of the audience with his mixing board, and at one point during the concert he was so concerned he phoned someone backstage and asked what was wrong with Chris.
I haven't looked this Ted Keedick guy up, but I have seen the footage and I have seen Soundgarden many times over the years. Cornell sang and played fine to me. Soundgarden songs are VERY demanding on Cornell, and the fact he can get through the set at all at 52 simply can't be done if you are a drugged out suicidal man. Also, why would Soundgarden members not be allowed to speak to the public but this guy IS? Why is Martin Kirsten not speaking to the public but THIS GUY is? This is to keep us on the DUMB path, and to make sure we don't get on the SMART PATH.
Chris Cornell Fresh Track Marks on Arm Chris Cornell had apparently taken more than Ativan before hanging himself, because we've learned he had fresh track marks on his arm when his body was discovered in a Detroit hotel room....Sources connected to the investigation tell us ... the track marks were "obvious." The singer had a history of using drugs. The toxicology tests will reveal what drugs were found in Chris' system....The new information is consistent with our story that Ted Keedick, Chris' longtime house engineer and tour manager, said Chris seemed "high" and "f***ed up" during the concert ... hours before his death.
"Sources Connected to the Investigation." Wow, well it must be true then! The body was cremated before the funeral, so I don't suppose we will get any pictures verifying this. Again, this is being done to portray Cornell as a junkie, which any real fan knows he was not.
Chris Cornell Used Exercise Band and Sturdy Clip Device To Hang Himself We've learned the Soundgarden frontman secured a red elastic exercise band attached to a carabiner to the top of his hotel bathroom door. A carabiner is a device commonly used by mountain climbers which they attach to a belt to keep them from falling. The device can withstand enormous weight....Cornell jammed the door shut with the carabiner at the top of the frame. The carabiner was jammed so tight it left an indentation in the door frame.
The "Carabiner" theory is soley attributed to TMZ. "We've learned" is not a source, it's a fabrication. Why did the police report given to the public omit this detail if it were true? The elastic band was graphic enough, but only half the explanation. Why are we getting the other half of the explanation from this questionable source?
I was going to wait for the toxicology reports to come in before publishing this blog, but I figured we've been lied to so much already regarding this story, the reports may very well be fabricated in the end. They are probably cooking up a story to match the "alleged" results of some sort of "overdose." I would advise people to scrutinize whatever the media does say, instead of just accepting it as we generally have thus far with these ridiculous details. As to the WHY Chris may have been taken out? As I hinted earlier, I think this story is far larger than anyone knows.
How many more heroes need to die this way before we finally admit that we are living in a false fantasy world of what we think America actually is? When are we going to realize that we are being lied to about much more than just dead rock stars? I'm not claiming every celebrity death recently involves foul play, or that every news story is "fake news," but clearly something odd is going on and not a person reading this can say they have no clue what I am talking about. Everyone feels it and everyone is a little afraid. But having the courage to admit we have a problem is the first step to resolution.