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Photographer who watched Chris Cornell’s final show said he saw ‘ominous’ behaviour in singer he hadn’t seen before

Mirror logo Mirror 19/05/2017 Zoe Shenton

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A Detroit photographer who watched Chris Cornell perform what would be his last-ever show says he saw unusual behaviour in the singer during the performance.

The Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman was found dead in his hotel bathroom by a family friend in what is believed to be a suicide, Detroit Police confirmed.

Not only was photographer Ken Settle a big Soundgarden fan, watching them whenever they performend in Detroit, he had also been shooting them since the 70s.

Settle says looking back certain things that seemed odd about Cornell's final performance.

He told PEOPLE that the frontman was really interactive with the audience, adding: “He said it very sincerely, that ‘I’ve been telling people how great Detroit rock audiences really are.’ He said it like he really meant it. But then he followed it by saying, ‘I feel really sorry for the next city.'”

He continued: “I took that to mean at the time, he said it that the next city won’t compare to the show they would put on in Detroit. In retrospect… it almost sounded like he wasn’t going to show up in the next town. That kind of gives me pause.”

Settle also said it was unusual for the band to finish their set with a Led Zeppelin song which was blended into their own - My Time of Dying.

Credits: FilmMagic © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: FilmMagic “It’s a very odd choice to weave that in and now it does make you wonder. There is so much that does point to a person who perhaps knew what was coming up, which is so sad. It makes me look at my pictures to search his eyes to see if there is a clue, something he’s saying that people were missing.”

My Time Of Dying contains the lyrics: "In my time of dying, I want nobody to mourn / All I want for you to do is take my body home."

It continues with the verse: "Jesus, going to make up my dying bed / Meet me, Jesus, meet me / Meet me in the middle of the air.

"If my wings should fail me, Lord /Please meet me with another pair."

Chris leaves behind wife Vicky Karayiannis-Cornell, who he recently described as "an angel, a lioness and the perfect wife and mother", their 12-year-old daughter Toni and son Christopher, 11.

He also leaves his daughter Lillian Jean, 16, who he shares with his ex-wife Susan Silver, who he divorced in 2004.

Just days ago, Chris shared a picture of some pink roses on America's Mother's Day and told Vicky that he loved her.

Chris' last tweet from his official account came just after 7pm local time, hours before he was due to take the stage in Detroit's Fox Theatre.

Credits: WireImage © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: WireImage The gig was sold out and Soundgarden were being supported by The Pretty Reckless, whose lead singer is Taylor Momsen of Gossip Girl fame.She had posted a message before the gig telling fans it was her band's last ever gig with Soundgarden.

"Tonight is our final show with @soundgarden at the Fox Theater in Detroit, great band, great people, wonderful crew, new family, thanks to all #tprtour2017 ," she wrote.

Soundgarden had been two-thirds of the way through their North American tour and were due to travel to Columbus, Ohio for a concert on May 19.

His representative Brian Bumbery said in a statement: "His wife Vicky and family were shocked to learn of his sudden and unexpected passing.

"They would like to thank his fans for their continuous love and loyalty and ask that their privacy be respected at this time."

The statement also said the family would be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause and asked for privacy.

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