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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 s14e1, Spike 2008
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, BBC 2006
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, 1998
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
139,844. Birds … scream at the top of their lungs in horrified hellish rage every morning at daybreak to warn us all of the truth. They know the truth. Screaming bloody murder all over the world in our ears, but sadly we don’t speak bird. (Cobain & Bird) Kurt Cobain, Journals p224
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, cited Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana
66,115. 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. (Cancer & Cobain) Kurt Cobain, cited Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana
67,687. Hope I die before I turn into Pete Townsend. Kurt Cobain, cited BAM, January 1992
75,318. I bought a gun and chose drugs instead. (Gun & Drugs & Cobain) Kurt Cobain
9,140. I’d rather be dead than cool. (Death & Cool & Rock Music & Cobain) Kurt Cobain, Stay Away lyric
46,752. If it’s illegal to rock-n-roll, throw my arse in jail! (Rock & Cobain) Kurt Cobain
88,487. I like to have strong opinions with nothing to back them up with besides my primal sincerity. I like sincerity. I lack sincerity. (Sincerity & Cobain) Kurt Cobain
44,560. I never wanted to sing. I just wanted to play rhythm guitar – hide in the back and just play. (Sing & Guitar & Cobain) Kurt Cobain
75,187. I won’t eat anything green. (Green & Eat & Cobain) Kurt Cobain
67,686. Nobody dies a virgin ... Life fucks us all. (Cobain & Life’s Like That) Kurt Cobain
70,079. Please read my diary, look through my things and figure me out. (Diary & Cobain) Kurt Cobain
86,313. Rap music is the only vital form of music introduced since punk rock. (Cobain & Rap) Kurt Cobain, cited M.E.A.T. September 199
139,843. Same thing happened in the punk movement in the late 70s … a punk band would start, play one gig, and get signed to a major label right away, ’cause it [was] a trend. That just shows there are a lot of old school dinosaurs in the record industry who need to be weeded out. Kurt Cobain, Sweden June 1992
19,974. The worst crime is faking it. (Crime & Fake & Cobain) Kurt Cobain
71,412. That’s what music is – entertainment. The more you put yourself into it, the more of you comes out in it. (Entertainment & Music & Cobain) Kurt Cobain
139,842. They’re claiming [the grunge bands] finally put Seattle on the map, but, like, what map? … I mean, we had Jimi Hendrix. Heck, what more do we want? (Cobain & Seattle & Hendrix) Kurt Cobain, interview Marc Coiteux on Musique Plus September 1991 Quebec
6,305. Wanting to be someone else is a waste of who you are. (Self & Cobain & Waste) Kurt Cobain
67,685. We’re so trendy we can’t even escape ourselves. (Cobain & Escape) Kurt Cobain
67,684. We sound like the Bay City Rollers after an assault by Black Sabbath. And we vomit on stage better than anyone. Kurt Cobain, cited Guitar World January 1992
71,412. That's what music is – entertainment. The more you put yourself into it, the more of you comes out in it. (Entertainment & Music & Cobain) Kurt Cobain
139,841. Yeah, I was run out of town. They chased me up to the castle of Aberdeen with torches. Just like the Frankenstein monster. And I got away in a hot air balloon. And I came here to Seattle. (Cobain & Seattle) Kurt Cobain, cited Monk Magazine October 1992
49,359. 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. (Dissent & Opposition & Rebellion & Resistance & Corruption & Youth & Cobain) Kurt Cobain, recorded interview 1992, often paraphrased as ‘The duty of youth is to challenge corruption’
78,516. I don’t have the passion any more, 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