Kurt Cobain Death Scene Photos Released

Kurt Cobain investigation
Seattle Police Department/AP Images

This April 1994 photo provided by the Seattle Police Department shows items found at the scene of Kurt Cobain's suicide, in Seattle. The image has never before been released. Police spokeswoman Renee Witt said Thursday, March 20, 2014, that several rolls of undeveloped film were found when a detective re-examined the Cobain case recently.

The images show Cobain's heroin kit, suicide note and more

New photos have surfaced depicting the death scene police found when they discovered the body of Kurt Cobain on April 8, 1994.

The green-tinted, 35mm photos show Cobain's suicide note, his driver's license and a heroin kit kept in a cigar box, all taken in the greenhouse of the Nirvana frontman's Seattle home where the body was found. Other photos show Cobain's wallet, an empty garage and detectives and police officers working at the scene. Twenty-nine of the photos can be seen at CBS News.

The suicide note has been released before, though the public had never seen it the way it was left by Cobain -- with a red pen stabbed through its center.

Kurt Cobain Death Case Still Closed: Police

With the 20th anniversary of Cobain's suicide approaching, rumors began to circulate that the Seattle Police Department planned to reopen the case, as some still wonder if Cobain was actually murdered. Although police have developed and released these photos, the authorities recently denied a local television station's claim that the case was to be reinvestigated.

Cobain's body was discovered in Seattle on April 8, 1994. An investigation determined that days earlier Cobain had gone into the greenhouse of his large home and taken a massive dose of heroin. He then shot himself with a 20-gauge shotgun.

Earlier that year, Cobain had tried to kill himself in Rome by taking an overdose of tranquilizers.

Cobain, who was 27 when he died, sold millions of albums with Nirvana and helped popularize the Pacific Northwest's heavy, muddy "grunge" rock, along with bands like Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains and Mudhoney.

Cobain grew up in the logging town of Aberdeen, Wash., about two hours southwest of Seattle. After he died thousands of young people converged on Seattle Center, near the Space Needle, for a public memorial.


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