Paris-based American publicist Vicky Karayiannis came to limelight as a wife of Audioslave singer Chris Cornell. Her husband struggled with substance abuse like OxyContin and was even admitted in rehab. Following his May 2017 death, Vicky blamed the prescribed painkiller benzodiazepine which led to his changed behavior.
She ran a charity organization 'Chris & Vicky Cornell Foundation' aiming to protect the children from abuse and poverty.
Vicky's Husband's Death; Their Wedding And Encounter Story
Vicky Karayiannis is a widow of late American rock singer, Chris Cornell. To this date, her husband's death has been shrouded in mystery. In the dark day of 17 May 2017, the legendary musician was found dead inside Detroit hotel. The Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office sadly announced he committed suicide by hanging.
Vicky blamed her husband's doctor for his suicide, and in November 2018, it was revealed that she was prosecuting the doctors for prescribing the drugs. She insisted that the doctors should never have prescribed the drugs to her late husband which resulted in his death.
The wife of the Audioslave singer opened the chapter's of her husband depression and said that while he was suffering from a shoulder injury, doctors prescribed him of psychoactive drugs, a benzodiazepine. According to her Good Morning America interview, Vicky said:
He had torn his shoulder and he had complained that the pain in the shoulder was waking up. In retrospect I’ve learned, it’s not supposed to be given to anyone in recovery and if you have to give it, they have to be closely monitored and it should not be given for more than two-three weeks.
Chris was survived by his wife of 13 years Vicky and their three children, Lillian Jean Cornell, Christopher Nicholas Cornell, and Toni Cornell. After the former duo had their wedding in 2004 in Paris, they welcomed their son Christopher Nicholas in 2005. Their daughter Toni was born in the year 2004.
Before Vicky, Chris was married to Alice In Chains manager Sarah Silver and had a daughter Lilian Jean in 2000. They got divorced in 2004.
Vicky Karayiannis and her late rock-star husband Chris Cornell tied a knot in 2004 in Paris (Photo: thesun.co.uk)
The fateful encounter of the former couple way dates back to 2003 when Chris was on a French tour with his band Audioslave. The rock-star romantically purposed his lady love in a French bar, and during their engagement, he reportedly gave her a Harry Winston diamond ring.
How Much Is Vicky Karayiannis Net Worth?
Vicky relishes the net worth of $60 million garnered by her late-husband Chris Cornell. Chris was a renowned American rock-star who collected fortunes as the lead singer of the American rock bands like Soundgarden and Audioslave. After joining Soundgarden in 1984, his band signed a contract with Sub Pop records and released two EPs.
The late musician started a solo career in 1999 and secured a Grammy nomination. In 2000, he joined Audioslave and wrote the lyrics of their songs. The band debuted their album 'Audioslave' in November 2002 which snagged a triple platinum status in the United States. Chris decided to go solo in 2007 and went to the world tour before passing away at the age of 52.
The Paris-based American publicist celebrates her birthday on 13 August. Her parents have roots towards Greece where their ancestors owned restaurants and music business. Vicky has a brother named Nicholas Karayiannis who is a renowned New York restaurant executive known for his nickname as DJ Nick Blast.
Vicky stands shorter than her late husband Chris Cornell who stands at the height of 1.88 m. As per wiki, her charity organization focuses on protecting the children from abuse and poverty.