Music world in mourning after Soundgarden rocker Chris Cornell found dead at 52

Cornell was found dead in a bathroom, hours after a concert in Detroit. Source: 1 NEWS



Watch: Spectacular ground-to-cloud lightning dazzles skyline of US city

A spectacular ground-to-cloud lightning strike dazzling the skyline of Oklahoma City has been caught on camera.

The video shows the lightning shoot up from the ground in V-shapes in about three different locations, with the city skyline in the background.

The clip was captured by Wendy Barton who provided it to TV station KOCO 5.

It has had more than 62,000 views on the station's Facebook page.

Viewers who commented wrote that it was classic ground-to-cloud lightning which happens a lot around antennas and towers.

Donna Dove posted: "I saw this, too! It was UNBELIEVABLE! I couldn't stop telling my husband about how gorgeous it was!!! So glad someone got a picture of it."

Alex Santos wrote: "Honestly, those ground to cloud lightning were better than the radar maps on the news stations. Reason why I say is because I shared the event with my family as we were looking out our window with the interior lights turned off."

TODAY'S
FEATURED STORIES

Watch: Chris Cornell laughs and jokes with the crowd at Detroit concert – but something not right

Reports have emerged that rocker Chris Cornell seemed to be not "mentally present" during his final show in Detroit last night, shortly before the Soundgarden lead singer was found dead in his hotel room.

Cornell was found dead in a bathroom, hours after a concert in Detroit. Source: 1 NEWS

A medical examiner has ruled the 52-year-old's death a suicide. 

In an opinion piece in the Detroit Free Press, Ashley Zlatopolsky writes that even without the benefit of hindsight from the awful news, it was clear that something wasn’t right with Cornell during the performance at Detroit's Fox Theatre.

He often staggered back-and-forth across the stage, and seemed weak in his movements, Zlatopolsky wrote. 

"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," he wrote.

Cornell missed words, sometimes in entire blocks, letting the crowd sing the parts of the songs he didn’t but nobody complained and in fact, the audience of about 5,000 seemed to love it, Zlatopolsky reported.

Cornell was also visibly agitated at times and walked off the stage for several minutes before playing Been Away Too Long, causing the band to start over and leaving them playing instrumentals to fill the gap, the writer said. 

"Then there was Cornell’s irritability. His vocals were often lagging, not in sync with the music. At times, he stopped singing completely and gave up for several seconds before catching back on with his bandmates," Zlatopolsky wrote.

The well-known TV personality and DJ says Cornell was “an icon of an era” and that we need to look at how to recognise when people are struggling. Source: 1 NEWS

But Cornell spoke fondly of Detroit, repeatedly, the one element of the show he seemed truly excited about, and talked about the audience being unparalleled.

Where can I get support and help?

Below is a list of some of the services available which offer support, information and help.
Lifeline 24/7 – 0800 543 354
Kidsline (aimed at children up to 18 years of age, available 24/7) – 0800 54 37 54
Depression Helpline 24/7 - 0800 111 757
Healthline - 0800 611 116
Samaritans - 0800 726 666 (for callers from the Lower North Island, Christchurch and West Coast) or 0800 211 211 / (04) 473 9739 (for callers from all other regions)
Youthline - 0800 376 633, free text 234 or email talk@youthline.co.nz
What's Up (for 5-18 year olds; 1 pm to 11 pm) - 0800 942 8787
www.depression.org.nz - includes The Journal online help service
www.thelowdown.co.nz - visit the website, email team@thelowdown.co.nz or free text 5626 (emails and text messages will be responded to between 12 noon and 12 midnight).