Kurt Cobain Death Case Still Closed: Police

Kurt Cobain of Nirvana during the taping of MTV Unplugged at Sony Studios in New York City, 11/18/93.

Frank Micelotta

The Seattle Police Department refutes claims made today by a local television station

With the 20-year anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death approaching, news that the Seattle Police Department had reopened the case began to circulate today. Intriguing as it may seem, the department asserts the story is untrue.

Although a cold-case detective recently re-investigated the Cobain case, police spokeswoman Renee Witt confirmed via the Seattle Times that no new findings were made, and that the case ruled a suicide in 1994 will remain shut.

The rumor stems from a report from the Seattle news outlet KIRO 7. This morning the station reported it had obtained a photo from previously undeveloped 35 mm film police found at the crime scene 20 years ago. They are set to unveil this photo tonight on the 11 p.m. newscast and also interview the detective.

While there is no refuting the existence of KIRO 7's new primary document, Witt describes the photo as "underwhelming" and the police have assured the public they are not reopening the case, since no new findings have been made.

Earlier today, KIRO managing editor Jake Milstein explained via Twitter that a detective had told the station that the case had been reopened.

On the morning of April 8, 1994 Kurt Cobain's body was discovered by a visiting electrical employee. An investigation concluded the Nirvana frontman had killed himself with a shotgun three days prior.

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