KIRO Television in Seattle reported on Thursday that police recently developed photos from some 35 mm film that had been locked up in evidence. The photos apparently reveal Kurt Cobain’s body and the scene of his death.
The rocker was found dead from a gunshot wound on April 8, 1994. Cops also found a lethal dosage of heroin in his bloodstream. Kurt Cobain’s death was ruled a suicide, in part because of a note left at the scene.
Watch video of Kurt Cobain singing with Nirvana before his death.
But there have always been conspiracies over whether or not Kurt Cobain actually wrote the message. In 2004, three of the four handwriting experts consulted by Dateline NBC could not conclude that Cobain authored the note. While the fourth expert did attribute the note to Cobain, many wonder if the rocker’s then-wife, Courtney Love, played some role in his death.
“Kurt had called her a few weeks earlier, asking to have Courtney's name taken out of the will,” private eye Tom Grant told NBC in 2004. “That Courtney had called her a few weeks earlier, asking her to find the meanest, most vicious divorce attorney she could find. Now, of course, I'm seeing motive all over the place here.”
Thus, when KIRO claimed that Seattle police were reopening their investigation into Kurt Cobain’s death, the news quickly caused a stir on social media. But the story later clarified that the case was simply “re-examined” for the anniversary of his passing. The city’s police department later confirmed this version of events.
“Despite an erroneous news report, we have not ‘reopened’ the investigation into the suicide of Kurt Cobain,” the police department tweeted. “Our detective reviewed the case file anticipating questions surrounding the closed Cobain case as the 20 yr anniversary approaches.”
Other media outlets later confirmed that the case of Kurt Cobain’s death is not being reopened. Police spokeswoman Renee Witt told Seattle Times that the re-examination showed no new evidence changing their belief that Kurt Cobain killed himself. She also claimed the new photos in question were “underwhelming,” though she did reveal that police plan to release some of those pictures to the public.
Somehow, we doubt these new photos will end the conspiracy theories surrounding Kurt Cobain’s death. But just a few years ago, Courtney Love herself insisted that the suicide reports were accurate.
“He tried to kill himself three times!” Love told Vanity Fair in 2011. “And then there were the drugs. He OD’d at least five times. I was the f--king E.M.S. I was always sticking pins in his balls.”