Kurt Cobain Suicide
Updated: Jul 31, 2020
Twenty six years ago today, on April 8, 1994, Kurt Cobain, the lead singer and guitarist of the grunge rock band Nirvana, was found dead at his home in Seattle, Washington at the age of 27. A month earlier, he was hospitalized from an overdose and just days earlier, had escaped from a rehab facility in Los Angeles.
It was determined he had died three days earlier, on April 5. The Seattle Police Department incident report states that Cobain "was found with a shotgun across his body, had a visible head wound and there was a note discovered nearby". CBS News with Dan Rather rather broke the news story on April 8th:
The day he was confirmed dead, MTV News ran a special hosted by Kurt Loder that discussed the life and legacy of Cobain, and why he was so impactful to so many music fans around the world. Loder also interviewed David Fricke, The Rolling Stone Magazine Music Editor, who had interviewed and Cobain personally:
Twenty years later, in 2014, new crime scene photos emerged. While many wild conspiracy theories were floated at the time (including an alleged police murder/coverup), there was a growing outcry to reopen the cold case investigation. However, it turned out that the photos actually offered little in terms of new evidence and were therefore dismissed. Here is a clip from a story by HLN that reported on the surfacing of the new photo evidence:
Further conspiracy theories were raised when in 2015 a documentary, "Soaked in Bleach" detailed the events leading up to the death of Kurt Cobain, as seen through the perspective of Tom Grant, the private detective who was hired by Courtney Love to find Cobain, shortly before his death in 1994. It also explores the theory that Cobain's death was not a suicide. Here is the theatrical trailer for "Soaked in Bleach":
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