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Police Release New Photos from Kurt Cobain Suicide

Police in Seattle have released never-before-seen photographs from where Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain was found dead nearly 20 years ago, but say they provide no new information and aren't reopening the case

Almost 20 years after Kurt Cobain’s death, Seattle police have released previously unseen images from the suicide scene.

With the 20th anniversary of Cobain’s suicide approaching in April, Seattle police decided to review the case files — and though they found no new information that would lead them to rule Cobain’s death anything other than a suicide, they did find four rolls of undeveloped film that police took at the scene. Two of those photos were revealed Thursday night.

The photos show drug paraphernalia, including a spoon and needles, along with cash, a cigarette pack, a wallet and sunglasses.

Seattle Police Department/APDocuments, dollar bills, a pair of sunglasses, an aviator hat and a white cloth in the house of singer Kurt Cobain in Seattle. The photo was released on March 21, 2014.
Seattle Police Department/APA box with drug paraphernalia in the house of singer Kurt Cobain in Seattle. The photo was released on March 21, 2014.

“There was nothing earth-shattering in any of these images,” police spokeswoman Renee Witt told the Associated Press. “The detective went into the case files to refresh himself. The outcome of the case has not changed.”

Cobain’s body was discovered on April 8, 1994, and police determined that days earlier the Nirvana singer had taken a huge dose of heroin before shooting himself with a 20-gauge shotgun. Cobain had tried to commit suicide earlier that year while staying in Rome by overdosing on tranquilizers.

But the police determination didn’t stop some from positing conspiracy theories about the 27-year-old’s death, with many positing that Cobain was murdered.

“Sometimes people believe what they read — some of the disinformation from some of the books, that this was a conspiracy. That’s completely inaccurate,” said Detective Mike Ciesynski, the police officer who discovered the four rolls of undeveloped film. “It’s a suicide. This is a closed case.”


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