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    Default The tragic new pictures giving fresh insight into Kurt Cobain's 1994 suicide



    Seattle police have released two never-before-seen images taken at the scene of Kurt Cobain's death after they announced they were re-examining evidence in the two decade-old case.


    One of the tragic photographs, which comes from four rolls of undeveloped film stumbled upon last month, shows a small cigar box containing a spoon, possibly with heroin residue on it, needles and a lighter laying on the floor next to a cigarette butt and a pair of dark sunglasses.


    The second picture shows the box closed, next to cash, a woolly hat and an open wallet that appears to display Cobain's ID.


    New evidence: A police handout photo released on March 20, 2014 by Seattle Police Department shows articles left at grunge rock musician Kurt Cobain's 1994 death scene



    Potential leads? This picture shows the box containing drug paraphernalia closed, next to cash, a hat and a wallet that displays what looks like Cobain's ID




    Detective Renee Witt, a spokeswoman for the Seattle Police Department, revealed Thursday that detectives were taking a second look at the circumstances surrounding the Nirvana star's suicide after the new evidence was uncovered.


    The rolls of film were found in sealed bags by an officer who was going through Cobain's case file ahead of the approaching 20th anniversary of the singer's death.


    The images are said to detail the scene in sharper detail than the Polaroid pictures used in the original 1994 investigation causing police to review all evidence.


    However, authorities have stopped short of declaring a full re-opening of the case and police are reluctant to suggest much will come from the new photos.


    Close up: The spoon appears to show leftover white power




    The Nevermind star was discovered dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in his home near Lake Washington by electrician Gary Smith, who raised the alarm.


    The Seattle chief medical examiner ruled that Cobain, who was 27 at the time, had ended his own life three days earlier after leaving a rehab facility for heroin addiction.


    Authorities recovered a note, but speculation has been rife since that the Smells Like Teen Spirit singer did not commit suicide.


    Indeed, the 1998 documentary Kurt and Courtney by filmmaker Nick Broomfield infamously made allusions to Cobain's widow, Courtney Love.


    Scene: A police officer stands guard on the back porch of Kurt Cobain's garage where Cobain's body was found early 08 April 1994 in Seattle, WA, after an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound




    No evidence has ever been found that the Hole singer was in any way responsible for the rock icon's death.


    Authorities initially ruled Cobain's death a suicide and said he had taken a lethal dose of heroin prior to shooting himself.


    Since his band rocketed to fame in the early 1990s, Cobain had struggled to deal with the public perceptions of him and suffered depression and battled addiction.


    According to local Seattle station KIRO, authorities developed four rolls of 35mm film found last month by the King County Sheriff's Office photo lab under high security.


    Detective Renee Witt, a spokesperson for the Seattle Police, told the Washington Post the pictures have a slight green tint because of deterioration but still reveal more than the original polaroids.

    Conspiracy theories: Kurt Cobain of and wife Courtney Love holding daughter Frances Bean Cobain - Nirvana fans have often tried to implicate Love in her husbands death - all these theories have been refuted by authorities




    KIRO reported that the image of Cobain's dead body will never be released.


    As Nirvana fans across the globe went wild with speculation that police were to officially reopen the investigation into his death, Seattle police were quick to clarify the pictures and the status of the case.


    'Despite an erroneous news report, we have not 'reopened' the investigation into the suicide of Kurt Cobain,' the Seattle Police Department tweeted from a verified account.


    The police went on to explain on Twitter that the case was simply being reviewed in anticipation of the 20th anniversary of Cobain's untimely death


    'Our detective reviewed the case file anticipating questions surrounding the closed Cobain case as the 20 yr anniversary approaches,' another tweet explained.


    Detective Witt later told NBC News: 'There was nothing earth-shattering in any of these images.'


    Speaking to KIRO on April 8, 1994, electrician Smith said that as he walked into the Nirvana legend's home 'I noticed something on the floor and I thought it was a mannequin.


    'So I looked a little closer and geez, that's a person. I looked a little closer and I could see blood and an ear and a weapon laying on his chest.'


    Stunned, he said that he could recall seeing the suspected suicide note ontop of soil in the home's greenhouse.


    'I only read the bottom lines,' he said 'the bottom two lines said, 'I love you, I love you' to someone.'

    Two weeks before his suicide, a police report detailed how officers had been called to his Seattle home after Cobain had locked himself in his bathroom and threatened to kill himself.


    The report said that at the time, police were told 'he had a gun in the room.'


    However, Cobain had told police he was not suicidal, but in the aftermath of his death they immediately ruled suicide.


    More than 7,000 mourners packed Seattle Center two days later for a public memorial, where a recording was played of Love reading Cobain's suicide note.


    Last year, a Seattle police department spokeswoman said the department gets at least one request per week to reopen the investigation, mostly through Twitter.


    Police have said no other Seattle police case has received similar attention over two decades, reports KIRO.


    Read more: A discarded cigar box full of syringes, a filthy rag and a stamped out cigarette: The tragic new pictures giving fresh insight into Kurt Cobain's 1994 suicide | Mail Online
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    KURT COBAIN'S SUICIDE: TWENTY YEARS ON SPECULATION STILL RAGES ABOUT THE GRUNGE LEGEND'S DEATH



    Almost 20 years to the day speculation still rages amongst Nirvana fans as to the circumstances surrounding Kurt Cobain's death.



    His death certificate stated that he died as a result of a 'contact perforating shotgun wound to the head', and concluded it a suicide.



    However here are the leading theories that have grown up around his death


    Homicide:
    Lack of blood at the scene: Seattle public access host Richard Lee obtained a video taped from outside Cobain's garage looking into his house.

    The scene around the body showed what Lee claimed was a distinct lack of blood for a point-blank shotgun blast to the head.


    Toxicology report: The official pathology report determined that the level of heroin in Cobain's bloodstream was 1.52 milligrams per liter - a potentially lethal dose.


    Young: This 1993 file photo shows lead singer of Nirvana Kurt Cobain who was just 27 when he died

    However, private investigator Tom Grant - who worked for Courtney Love - has pointed out that meant Cobain could have been too high to even be able to pull the trigger.



    Furthermore, Grant argues that the heroin was used to incapacitate Cobain before the shotgun was fired by the perpetrator of the homicide.



    Suicide note: Grant claims that while he was working for Courtney Love he came across the suicide note that Cobain wrote for Courtney Love.



    He believes that the letter reads as a note announcing he is leaving his wife and the music business - not as a farewell to life.



    He claims the final few lines at the bottom - which do imply suicide - were added afterwards by an unknown individual.


    The shotgun: The gun that the singer used to kill himself, a Remington Model 11 20 gauge, was not checked for fingerprints until May 6, 1994. According to the Fingerprint Analysis Report, four cards of latent prints were lifted but contained no legible prints.


    Nick Broomfield: The filmmaker's controversial film, Kurt and Courtney made the claim that Courtney Love paid for a hit on her husband's life.



    However, in a 1998 interview, Broomfield said, 'I think that he committed suicide. I don't think that there's a smoking gun.'



    Suicide:
    Many of Cobain's friends and family have noted the singer's private and public utterances of depression and instability.



    They noted his struggles with addiction and what they believe was an undiagnosed bipolar disorder.



    They point to a previous suicide attempt in Rome in and bandmate's Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl all believe he sadly took his own life.





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    She may not have pulled the trigger, but she certainly made a lot of really fucked up decisions in the days after his "disappearance". Especially canceling his debit and credit cards so his moves couldn't be traced.

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    So sad. And people wanting the case re-opened-- its like the truth of someone's untimely passing never gets resolved because there is NO sense to make of it. I guess that's just human nature. Suicide is so selfish and he was a drug addict but nonetheless a loss soul. Very sad.

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    i think Courtney had something to do with his death, personally

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    They spelt "powder" wrong.

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    I think it was suicide...but seems they have something so they think they have to re-open the case?!

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    I want a refund!!! These new pictures are hardly what I'd describe as tragic...I was half expecting to see a corpse as opposed to a box with a spoon and some needles..

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    All the other shit aside, I can't believe it's been 20 years. I remember so well finding out by reading it on the front page of the paper. I watched everything on MTV in the days after with Courtney reading his suicide note, and even my teenaged self thought it was convenient all this attention lined up with the release of Live Through This.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShilohJulia View Post
    i think Courtney had something to do with his death, personally
    And Morrison isn't really dead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by witchcurlgirl View Post
    And Morrison isn't really dead.
    I have operated under this assumption for years thinking an old, bloated Jim would come for me.


    The article is wrong about the dead body pics though. I've seen at least one. You can't see his face but you can see the body.
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    I blame Kurt's death on the house. I mean, LOOK at that thing:

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    Don't worry Courtney tore the garage down.
    I am going to come and burn the fucking house down... but you will blow me first."

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    ^^I think the whole place is gone now.

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    Haaa, me and an old hippie co-worker use to talk about Morrison being alive, stoned somewhere in a small town in Northern California. I think a few people we worked with actually believed us.
    Quote Originally Posted by gas_chick View Post
    I have operated under this assumption for years thinking an old, bloated Jim would come for me.


    The article is wrong about the dead body pics though. I've seen at least one. You can't see his face but you can see the body.

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    so what new insight do we allegedly have exactly? we now know he kept his drugs in a tobacco tin?
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