It has been almost 20 years since Nirvana Lead Vocalist Kurt Cobain’s death, which was ruled a suicide by investigators. Yesterday, March 20, new undeveloped photos were revealed, displaying more drugs at the scene where Cobain’s body was discovered. Falsified information was spread through the media from KIRO 7, a Seattle TV network, stating that the former singer’s case was being reopened by police. Since then, the “breaking news” was all over Twitter, Fox News, as well as many other websites discussing the false story. Was Kurt Cobain’s suicide case reopened? Do not believe the hype.
Four rolls of undeveloped 35mm film sat in a police vault for almost 20 years and were just recently added to Cobain’s case file. The photos show a cigar box filled with drug paraphernalia and heroin. Detective Mike Ciesynski was reviewing the case again because the 20-year-anniversary of Cobain’s passing is next month and to appease conspiracy theorists who believe Cobain was actually murdered.
Ciesynski reexamined all of the files, which included statements and the photos containing evidence about the case. No new data was found to change the conclusion that Cobain’s death was a suicide. According to investigators, the singer took a huge dose of heroin in his greenhouse and then killed himself with a 20-gauge shotgun. Still, hundreds of people are naive enough to believe the first story they read online without doing proper research. Was Kurt Cobain’s suicide case reopened? Do not believe the hype.
Somehow the staff at KIRO 7 misconstrued the information, and instead of the case being “reexamined,” reporters stated that Cobain’s file was going to be “reopened.” After the false story went viral, Detective Renee Witt, a police spokeswoman, confirmed to The Washington Post that they had not resumed the case.
On April 8, 1994, Cobain’s deceased body was discovered by a Veca Electric employee who arrived at the Nirvana front man’s home to do electrical work. The electrician, Gary Smith, said that he saw the corpse, blood and a weapon which lay on Cobain’s chest. The medical examiner stated that Cobain committed suicide three days before his body was found, just shortly after he left a rehab center.
Over 7,000 people attended for Cobain’s memorial, many who were his loyal fans. Since the musician’s death, the Seattle Police Department receives a minimum of one request a week to reopen the Cobain case, a spokeswoman said. Police stated that no other case has received the amount of attention anywhere close to the Cobain investigation.
Kurt Cobain rose to fame in the 1990s with his band Nirvana during the Grunge/Rock era, with popular hit songs including Smells Like Teen Spirit, Come as You Are, and Polly. Since Cobain’s death, Nirvana has formed a cult following and their music is still aired on radio stations today. Cobain is also a member of The 27 Club, a list of celebrity musicians that have passed away at age 27.
As much as the die-hard Nirvana supporters and conspiracy theorists would like to believe, no changes have been made to the Cobain investigation. Unfortunately, several news organizations “jumped the gun” with a story that was not an accurate story. Do not believe the hype because Kurt Cobain’s suicide case has not been reopened.
Opinion By Amy Nelson