Chris Cornell's Ex-Wife and Widow Dispute Over Multi-Million Estate

June 17, 2019

According to a report by TMZ, the financial estate of late Soundgarden/Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell is being disputed between his widow, Vicky Cornell, and his ex-wife Susan Silver.

When Cornell and Silver divorced back in 2004, he agreed to pay for the college tuition of their daughter, Lilly, by setting up a trust fund for school expenses and other needs.

When Lilly recently asked for money by filing a claim with her late father's estate in the probate case, a rep rejected the claim a few days later. According to souces, Lilly had enrolled in a California college in 2018 with a tuition cost of $21,000 per semester. According to TMZ, Lilly had dropped out the first week of the second semester.

Sources tell TMZ that the trust, which is admistered by Cornell's widow Vicky Cornell, will not grant any more payments until there is proof that Lilly is enrolled by in school.  

Vicky's lawyer, Marty Singer, told TMZ in a statement, "We are shocked that Lilly filed a claim in probate court since for over 2 years Vicky, with no legal obligation to do so, paid all of Chris' remaining child support despite it being questionable Vicky even owed same, as well as 80% of the required educational expenses for Lilly, including a request by Lilly to pay college tuition this semester when she failed to disclose she had dropped out."

If the school gave a refund for the semester Lilly dropped out, that money would go to her. If that is the case, then the trust would deduct that refunded amount from future tuition expenses.

The probate judge has yet to make a ruling.