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53,745. Seattle Washington April 8th 1994: music fans were horrified to learn of the death of local rock star Kurt Cobain. Lead guitarist and singer/songwriter for the popular grunge band Nirvana. Cobain apparently died of a shot-gun blast to the head. An autopsy later revealed that he had a nearly lethal dose of heroin in his bloodstream. The official ruling was suicide. Unsolved Mysteries
67,655. Grant quickly switched from surveillance to investigation. The more he discovered the more he became convinced the official cause of death was wrong. Grant believes he has found important inconsistencies in the case: #1) Cobain’s credit card appears to have been used after his death; #2) Drugs found in Cobain’s blood could kill a person three times; #3) No fingerprints found on shotgun, shells or pen; #4) The alleged suicide note. Tom Grant believes it was actually a retirement letter to Cobain’s fans. ibid.
67,656. In 1994 Kurt Cobain was the biggest rock star on the planet, the leader of a world movement called grunge. And then on April 5th he blew his brains out in his greenhouse. In the days leading up to his suicide Cobain went missing. The Last 48 Hours of Kurt Cobain
67,657. His parents divorced when he was only seven. ibid.
67,658. While Kurt was running away from his rehab his wife Courtney Love was also in LA trying to deal with her own addiction problems. ibid.
67,659. Kurt Cobain was drawn to the dark side of Seattle. ibid.
67,660. Bleach’s reviews in America were lukewarm ... Following Bleach’s release Kurt Cobain was broke. ibid.
67,661. He actually believed he was self-medicating a long-standing stomach problem. ibid.
67,662. Seattle was awash with heroin. ibid.
67,663. On August 18th 1992 Courtney Love gave birth to a baby girl called Frances Bean. Kurt described it as a turning point in his life: he felt happy. ibid.
67,664. The new house on Lake Washington seems to have freaked him out as he spent most of his time in the cupboard of the master bedroom playing guitar. ibid.
67,665. Kurt Cobain lays undiscovered for a further two days. ibid.
67,666. In death the myth-making began. ibid.
67,668. The highest earning dead celebrity in the world, out-grossing even Elvis. ibid.
67,669. At 8.40 a.m. on April 8th 1994 Kurt Cobain’s body was found. He had been killed by a shotgun wound to the head: the verdict was suicide. According to the police report there was a cigar box to the right containing narcotics paraphernalia. Nick Broomfield, Kurt & Courtney
67,670. He died at the peak of his career. ibid.
67,671. Punk rock was an escape: it offered Kurt his way out. ibid.
67,672. At the age of eight his parents divorced. ibid.
67,673. He said the heroin helped his stomach pains. ibid.
67,674. There were no fingerprints on the gun. ibid.
67,675. Kurt’s body was in the greenhouse above the garage. ibid.
67,676. All the worst horrors of his childhood resurfaced. ibid.
67,677. Nirvana exploded on to a music scene that had no mind, no depth and no substance. All Apologies: Kurt Cobain, Sky Arts 2012
67,678. Kurt created a sound that was an amalgamation of raw punk, hard rock and pop melody. ibid.
67,679. The key to Nirvana’s success was Kurt’s dark enigmatic performances. ibid.
67,680. Kurt was to play his last gig in Munich. ibid.
67,681. On 8th April 1994 Kurt was found dead from a gunshot wound to the head. ibid.
67,682. She offered me fifty grand to whack Kurt Cobain. El Duce of The Mentors
67,683. I know who whacked him. El Duce
67,684. I’d rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not. Kurt Cobain
6,305. Wanting to be someone else is a waste of who you are. (Self & Cobain & Waste) Kurt Cobain
9,140. I’d rather be dead than cool. (Death & Cool & Rock Music & Cobain) Kurt Cobain
67,685. We’re so trendy we can’t even escape ourselves. Kurt Cobain
46,752. If it’s illegal to rock n roll, throw my arse in jail! (Rock & Cobain) Kurt Cobain
46,753. Ever since the beginning of rock and roll, there's been an Axl Rose. And it’s just boring. It’s totally boring to me. (Rock & Cobain) Kurt Cobain
67,686. Nobody dies a virgin ... Life fucks us all. Kurt Cobain
70,079. Please read my diary, look through my things and figure me out. (Diary & Cobain) Kurt Cobain
67,687. Hope I die before I turn into Pete Townsend. Kurt Cobain
78,516. I don’t have the passion anymore, and so remember, it’s better to burn out than to fade away. Peace, Love, Empathy. (Last Words & Cobain & Suicide) Kurt Cobain suicide note referencing Neil Young song
67,688. He had a touch most guitarists would kill for. Chuck Berry
67,689. I remember watching Kurt come through and thinking, God, this music is nuclear. This is really splitting the atom. They raised the temperature for everybody. Manufactured pop never looked so cold as when that heat was around. Nirvana made everything else look silly. Bono
67,690. Cobain was very shy, very polite, and obviously enjoyed the fact that I wasn’t awestruck at meeting him. There was something about him, fragile and engagingly lost. William S Burroughs, cited Carrie Borzillo, Nirvana: The Day-By-Day Chronicle
67,691. He’s the most talented person I ever worked with because he was talented in so many different ways. He’s a guitar player and a lead singer and he wrote all the songs. He did everything for Nirvana that it took Jimmy Page and Robert Plant to do for Led Zeppelin. Kurt also designed the album covers and wrote treatments for the videos. He even designed the T-shirts. He was really a comprehensive genius when it came to the art of rock and roll. Danny Goldberg
67,692. Rage and aggression were elements for Kurt to play with as an artist, but he was profoundly gentle and intelligent. Thurston Moore, cited The New York Times