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March 20, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Police: No new findings in re-examination of Cobain death


Kurt Cobain

A recent re-examination of the investigation into the suicide of rock legend Kurt Cobain nearly 20 years ago uncovered undeveloped photos of the death scene but nothing that changed the findings, Seattle police say.

In anticipation of the April 5 anniversary, a Seattle police cold-case detective recently took another look at the case file, according to police spokeswoman Renee Witt. However, she said there were no new findings and the case is not being re-opened, contrary to some media reports.

The detective “dug up the files and had another look, and there was nothing new,” said Witt.

The detective found rolls of undeveloped film, were developed and showed the scene of Cobain’s suicide, said Witt. She called the new photos “underwhelming.”

One of the new photos showed a drug kit found with Cobain’s body (see below). Similar images had previously been released.

The 27-year-old Nirvana singer and guitarist was found dead of a shotgun wound with a shotgun across his body  in his home on Lake Washington Boulevard on April 8, 1994. Gary Smith, an electrician who found the body, said that he found a suicide note that ended with “I love you, I love you.”

Also found at the scene was the drug kit.

The police investigation determined that Cobain had committed suicide three days before, on April 5. Despite that finding, there are some who have theorized the troubled Nirvana frontman had been murdered.

According to police reports released shortly after Cobain’s death, he purchased a shotgun, fled a drug-treatment facility, fought with his wife, Courtney Love, and threatened to kill himself in his last weeks.

A month earlier, Cobain was hospitalized in Rome, where he spent four days recovering after lapsing into a coma from a combination of sedatives and alcohol.

On the evening of March 18, police responded to a call from the home of Cobain and Love. When police arrived, Love told them Cobain had locked himself in a room and was going to kill himself, according to the reports. She said he had a gun in the room.

Cobain told police he had locked himself in the room to stay away from Love, police said. He said he was not suicidal, and he didn’t want to hurt himself.

Officers said that as they questioned Love further, she told them she had not actually seen Cobain with a weapon and he had not said he was going to kill himself, according to police. But police found four guns and 25 boxes of ammunition, as well as quantities of an unknown medication.

Because the dispute was limited to verbal exchanges, police made no arrests. Cobain then left the residence, the police report said.

“Due to the volatile situation with the threat of suicide and the recovery of unknown medication, the weapons and the bottle of pills were placed into custody,” police reported.


New photo of Kurt Cobain’s drug kit released today by Seattle police.

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