Chris Cornell was 'more upbeat than usual' during final Soundgarden performance last night

Chris Cornell was 'more upbeat than usual' during Soundgarden's performance last night

Chris Cornell has died at the age of 52 (Stock image)

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Chris Cornell appeared to be more upbeat than usual when performing last night (May 17), hours before he was found dead at his hotel.

That's according to music photographer Ken Settle, who photographed Soundgarden's performance.

The musician was reportedly found dead by a family friend in his hotel bathroom, after his wife had asked them to check on Cornell. Police are treating the incident as a suspected suicide.

However Settle told Billboard: "I shot Chris with Soundgarden back in the early '90s, and sometimes he could seem fairly sullen onstage.

"But last night, during what I shot, he seemed very upbeat, engaging the audience much more than I remember in the past."

Billboard also reported that the musician had been particularly joyous whilst performing The Motor City.

Cornell also praised the crowd at the Fox Theatre in Detroit saying, "I have bragged about Detroit crowds for 30 years...there's no other crowd that never, ever disappoints."

He also ended the show by saying: "Detroit, you up! I feel sorry for the next place we play... but we don't have the same expectations."