Courtney Love Was Suspicious About Kurt Cobain Suicide, New Alice in Chains Book Claims

Kurt Cobain of Nirvana and Courtney Love with daughter Frances Bean in 1994
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Kurt Cobain of Nirvana and Courtney Love with daughter Frances Bean in 1994. 

Courtney Love has been outspoken against police reopening the investigation into the death of her former husband and Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, but she apparently had her own suspicions about the police-ruled suicide immediately following the 1994 incident.

According to a new book, Alice in Chains: The Untold Story, Love tried to reach Alice in Chains singer Layne Staley to see if he knew anything about Cobain's death, as Staley was also a frequent heroin user and the two ran in the same social circles. 

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"A few weeks after Cobain's death, Jim Elmer [Layne Staley's stepfather] got a call from Courtney Love," writes author David de Sola. "She had been trying to get ahold of Layne and somehow got Elmer's phone number. According to him, they spoke twice. 'The gist of the conversation was that she was looking for Layne because she knew Layne and Kurt were friends and wanted to find out what happened the last few days, that she intimated to me that she was not happy with the outcome that it was a suicide. She thought there was more to it than that, and she wanted to chase down Layne and have a discussion with him.'"

Love was presumably looking for some more information on Cobain's final days. It's unknown whether she and Staley actually connected, or whether Staley even saw Cobain in his final days. But, according to de Sola, there is evidence of at least one mutual drug connection between the two grunge rock icons. 

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The book also reveals an incident years prior when Nirvana and Alice in Chains were both on tour in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, when they struck a deal to score some smack, The New York Daily News points out. Realizing that the country was full of cocaine but lacking heroin, Cobain agreed to pay for the drugs if Staley paid to have it flown in. That night, the two took turns shooting up Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr, who had just been kicked out of the band. 

Starr claimed he actually died and came back to life that day: "Layne shot me up first a couple of times. Then Kurt shot me, and then Layne shot me after that and I died, for like 11 minutes."

Staley himself would OD from a lethal mixture of heroin and cocaine in 2002. Starr died in 2011 from a prescription-drug overdose.