Report: Seattle Police Re-Examining Kurt Cobain's Death

By Zigz | Friday, March 21, 2014

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The nearly 20-year-old investigation into the April 1994 suicide of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain was briefly re-opened and examined by Seattle police, according to the Seattle Times. Aside from a few rolls of undeveloped crime scene photos, the cold case detective assigned to the task uncovered no new findings. Police spokeswoman Renee Witt said that the detective "dug up the files and had another look, and there was nothing new," adding that the photos were "underwhelming."

    • Witt said police will release some of the new photos and will answer questions on the anniversary of Cobain’s death.
    • Some media outlets erroneously reported that the case was being re-opened for a full new investigation.
    • The 27-year-old Cobain killed himself with a shotgun on April 5th, 1994 in his Seattle-area home.
    • Gary Smith, an electrician who found the body three days later on April 8th, said that he found a suicide note that ended with "I love you, I love you."
  • In his last weeks of life, Cobain overdosed in Rome and had to be hospitalized, entered and then fled rehab, fought bitterly with wife Courtney Love and threatened to kill himself.
  • Cobain and Nirvana will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 10th.

Meanwhile, a Nirvana fan and journalist named Jaime Dunkle wants to buy Kurt's childhood home in Aberdeen, Washington, which Cobain's mother put on the market last fall for $500,000 despite the house being valued for less than $67,000. Dunkle has started a crowdfunding campaign at GoFundMe and hopes to raise $700,000 to buy the house and convert it into a museum. At press time, the campaign had been live for 18 days and raised $320 so far.

  • Dunkle wrote, "We're making sure this house is memorialized by us fans so it doesn't end up in the clutches of capitalist greed," adding, "This museum will reflect the anti-commercialism spirit of Nirvana."
  • Dunkle recently visited the house and filmed video footage of Cobain's old bedroom.
  • Rewards for donating to Dunkle's campaign include a one-year membership to the museum for $15, five years' membership for $50, a DIY shirt with Cobain quotes handmade by Dunkle for $100 and tickets to a sold-out Die Antwoord concert for $300. The highest pledge, $1,000, earns the investor a lifetime membership to the museum, a T-shirt and a sleepover at the house after construction.