Pointfest, which was to take place May 20 at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Missouri with Soundgarden as headliner, has been canceled according to festival organizers 105.7 The Point.


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“It is with deep regret, we are announcing that due to the sudden passing of Chris Cornell of Soundgarden [May 17], Pointfest on Saturday is cancelled,” The Point said in a statement. “Tickets purchased online at LiveNation.com or through Ticketmaster will automatically be refunded. “105.7 The Point, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, and Live Nation extend our deepest sympathies to the members of Soundgarden, their crew, management, and the Cornell family,” the statement continued.

Point Fest was to include Stone Sour, Pierce The VeilGreek FireJ. Roddy Walston And The BusinessBiffy Clyro, and Dillinger Escape Plan.

Soundgarden was also on the Rock On The Range bill, which was to go ahead May 19 in Columbus, Ohio, without the band. Rock In The Range released a statement that it would “celebrate and honor him all weekend long.”

The only other festival date on the band’s routing was Rocklahoma Festival in Pryor, Okla., May 27.

Wife Questions Suicide Report

Chris Cornell’s wife has disputed reports that the Soundgarden frontman killed himself in a Detroit hotel room following a gig, saying he may have taken too much prescription anti-anxiety medicine.

Vicky Cornell said on May 19 that when she spoke to her husband after the band’s May 17 Detroit show, he told her he may have taken "an extra Ativan or two."

The musician had a prescription for the anti-anxiety drug according to lawyer Kirk Pasich. "Without the results of toxicology tests, we do not know what was going on with Chris — or if any substances contributed to his demise," Pasich said in a statement released to The Associated Press. "Chris, a recovering addict, had a prescription for Ativan and may have taken more Ativan than recommended dosages.

"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 added that Ativan side effects include "paranoid or suicidal thoughts, slurred speech and impaired judgment," according to Rolling Stone.

Vicky Cornell said Cornell "was different" and slurring his words after the Detroit show, and that she contacted security to check on him.

"What happened is inexplicable, and I am hopeful that further medical reports will provide additional details," she said. "I know that he loved our children and he would not hurt them by intentionally taking his own life."

A Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office report released May 18 said Cornell hanged himself in the MGM Grand hotel casino in Detroit. A full autopsy and toxicology tests results could take days, an official told the AP.