We are nearing the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death, and for many fans, it probably still seems like it was only yesterday. One of the most infamous celebrity deaths in modern history, Kurt Cobain, frontman of 90s alternative band “Nirvana” was found dead on April 8th, 1994, three days after he’d committed suicied. After struggling for years with a heroin addiction and depression, his death was ruled a suicide caused by a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
His life and death have been a topic of fascination and debate, especially amongst fans and those who grew up in the 90s. And even 20 years later, we’re still talking about the 27-year old rock star who died at the height of his music career
Photo released by the Seattle Police Department from the scene of Kurt Cobain’s death. This picture is of a cigar box filled with heroin and drug paraphernalia.
And now, the Seattle police are giving the media and fans even more to talk about, as they’ve recently developed four rolls of film evidence from the scene of his death– leading some to believe that the case will be reopened. Photos that show cigar box filled with heroin and other drug paraphernalia which were found near Kurt’s body. There’s also a photo of a police officer examining the body of Cobain, which lies on the floor, his feet clearly seen in the photo itself. Some of these photos were obtained by a television station and posted online late Thursday.
A police officer examines the body of Kurt Cobain.
The investigator said the reason the photos weren’t developed is because they were simply back ups to the Polaroids taken at the crime scene, and that usually the 35 mm photos were only developed in cases where further investigation was needed. Since the case was ruled a suicide, they were never developed. However, due to the prevalence of conspiracy theorists surrounding Cobain’s suicide, they decided to look into them to decide if further investigation was warranted. Normally, the film wouldn’t have been developed in the first place, but due to the high profile nature of the case, they decided to take a look at them.
Kurt Cobain’s body being taken to a medical examiner’s van.
For years, fans have speculated about whether or not Cobain’s death was actually a suicide. Even with a suicide note, many are convinced he was murdered instead. In 1998, there was a documentary made titled “Kurt and Courtney” made by filmmaker Nick Broomfield. It examined the case and looked into the allegations of whether or not Kurt’s wife, Courtney Love, had anything to do with his death. According to the documentary, even Love’s own father, Hank Harrison, thought Love might have been involved with his death. Harrison has even written two books about Cobain’s passing. They also spoke with punk singer El Duce who said Love had asked him to kill Cobain and make it look like a suicide. El Duce was hit by a train and killed two days after speaking to the filmmaker, prompting even more speculation about whether or not he was speaking the truth and was murdered for it.
Courtney Love has denied all allegations, and his death has been ruled a suicide, not a homicide. And regardless of what some fans might think, a police spokeswoman told The Washington Post that there’s “No change, no developments, no new leads.”
Nirvana is being inducted into the Rock and Roll of fame next month. They’ve been called the “flagship band of Generation X” and Cobain is considered by many to be the “spokesman of a generation.” They are one of the best-selling music artists in history, and are still considered one of the greatest bands of all time. It’s no wonder that fans are still holding out for every bit of information they can get about Kurt Cobain’s untimely death.
What do you think? Was Kurt Cobain murdered?