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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 s14e1, Spike 2008
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.
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, BBC 2006
His parents divorced when he was only seven. ibid.
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.
Kurt Cobain was drawn to the dark side of Seattle. ibid.
Bleach’s reviews in America were lukewarm ... Following Bleach’s release Kurt Cobain was broke. ibid.
He actually believed he was self-medicating a long-standing stomach problem. ibid.
Seattle was awash with heroin. ibid.
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.
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.
Kurt Cobain lays undiscovered for a further two days. ibid.
In death the myth-making began. ibid.
The highest earning dead celebrity in the world, out-grossing even Elvis. ibid.
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, 1998
He died at the peak of his career. ibid.
Punk rock was an escape: it offered Kurt his way out. ibid.
At the age of eight his parents divorced. ibid.
He said the heroin helped his stomach pains. ibid.
There were no fingerprints on the gun. ibid.
Kurt’s body was in the greenhouse above the garage. ibid.
All the worst horrors of his childhood resurfaced. ibid.
Nirvana exploded on to a music scene that had no mind, no depth and no substance. All Apologies: Kurt Cobain, Sky Arts 2012
Kurt created a sound that was an amalgamation of raw punk, hard rock and pop melody. ibid.
The key to Nirvana’s success was Kurt’s dark enigmatic performances. ibid.
Kurt was to play his last gig in Munich. ibid.
On 8th April 1994 Kurt was found dead from a gunshot wound to the head. ibid.
She offered me fifty grand to whack Kurt Cobain. El Duce of The Mentors
I know who whacked him. El Duce
I never wanted to sing. I just wanted to play rhythm guitar – hide in the back and just play. Kurt Cobain
I like to have strong opinions with nothing to back them up with besides my primal sincerity. I like sincerity. I lack sincerity. Kurt Cobain
Every time I see documentaries or infomercials about little kids with cancer, I just freak out. It affects me on the highest emotional level ... Anytime I think about it, it makes me sadder than anything I can think of. Kurt Cobain
I’d rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not. Kurt Cobain
Wanting to be someone else is a waste of who you are. Kurt Cobain
I’d rather be dead than cool. Kurt Cobain
We’re so trendy we can’t even escape ourselves. Kurt Cobain
If it’s illegal to rock-n-roll, throw my arse in jail! Kurt Cobain
Ever since the beginning of rock-n-roll, there’s been an Axl Rose. And it’s just boring. It’s totally boring to me. Kurt Cobain
Nobody dies a virgin ... Life fucks us all. Kurt Cobain
Please read my diary, look through my things and figure me out. Kurt Cobain
Hope I die before I turn into Pete Townsend. Kurt Cobain
I bought a gun and chose drugs instead. Kurt Cobain
I like to complain and do nothing to make things better. Kurt Cobain
That’s what music is – entertainment. The more you put yourself into it, the more of you comes out in it. Kurt Cobain
My generation’s apathy. I’m disgusted with it. I’m disgusted with my own apathy too, for being spineless and not always standing up against racism, sexism and all those other isms the counterculture has been whining about for years. Kurt Cobain
I’m not like them
But I can pretend
The sun is gone
But I have a light.
The day is done
But I’m having fun
I think I’m dumb … Kurt Cobain, Dumb lyrics
The worst crime is faking it. Kurt Cobain
Rape is one of the most terrible crimes on earth and it happens every few minutes. The problem with groups who deal with rape is that they try to educate women about how to defend themselves. What really needs to be done is teaching men not to rape. Go to the source and start there. Kurt Cobain
And I just think that it’ll take a little time for kids to start doing the duties that they’re supposed to do, which is challenge things, like corruption. Kurt Cobain, recorded interview 1992, often paraphrased as ‘The duty of youth is to challenge corruption’
I don’t have the passion any more, and so remember, it’s better to burn out than to fade away. Peace, Love, Empathy. Kurt Cobain suicide note referencing Neil Young song
He had a touch most guitarists would kill for. Chuck Berry