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'Something wasn't right' at Chris Cornell's final show (Video)

Chris Cornell exhorted a packed house at his final gig in Detroit to sing backing vocals and make some noise.

Rolling Stone called it a "muscular" performance - but one reporter in the crowd said Cornell wasn't "mentally present" for his final time on stage.

Hours after the sold-out gig with his original band, Soundgarden, at the Fox Theatre, Cornell was found by a friend, dead on the bathroom floor of his room at the MGM Grand Hotel. He was 52 years old.

Chris Cornell.

A medical examiner later ruled he had died by suicide.

Cornell had told the crowd during the greatest hits set:  "I love you guys up on the top shelf. I have bragged about Detroit crowds for 30 years so get the f... up and make some noise."

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Chris Cornell during his final performance at the Detroit Fox Theatre.

But Ashley Zlatopolsky, writing in the Detroit Free Press, wrote that something wasn't right about the show: "It was clear that something wasn't right with the 52-year-old Cornell during the Fox performance.

"He often staggered back-and-forth across the stage, and seemed weak in his movements. Just one or two songs in, it was as if the energy had exited his body, and what was left was a shell of a man scrambling to do his job.

"It's not that the nearly two-hour show itself was bad, but it seemed like Cornell wasn't mentally present."

Zlatopolsky described Cornell's performance as "lagging" behind the band, and at one point, Cornell left the stage only to return and start the song again.

Cornell was best known as the singer and songwriter behind Seattle grunge legends Soundgarden. He also performed with the "super group" Audioslave, made up of members of Soundgarden and Rage Against the Machine.

Chris Cornell died in his hotel room on Wednesday night. He was 52.

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