As the most iconic break-out rock musician in the history of alternative music, Kurt Cobain’s tragic illness, depression, addiction, and ultimately, death, has become one of the most fascinating and hotly debated topics in rock over the past 20 years. Here are the most bizarre things we could dig up about the legend’s life and death.
The Case Has Been Reviewed on Its 20 Year Anniversary
If you’re reading this, you probably already know that Seattle police recently developed rolls of film showing haunting details of the scene where the Nirvana founder’s body was found. Though it’s unclear why the 35mm film has sat undeveloped in evidence lock-up for so long, there are sure to be many more leaks and inquiries in the days that follow. Some leaks already exist. According to a Tweet by the Seattle Police Department, “Our detective reviewed the case file anticipating questions surrounding the closed Cobain case as the 20 yr anniversary approaches.” This does not explain how and why new evidence has come to light.
Source: Seattle Police Department
Courtney Love’s Involvement
Kurt and Courtney were in the process of getting a divorce around the time of his suicide. He had also signed a prenuptial agreement stating that if a divorce occurred Courtney would receive little to nothing of Kurt’s net worth. Kurt and Courtney weren’t just going through a divorce – he had also taken her out of his will a few weeks before his death, though it is unclear if she knew this or not. Many theorists believe she was involved.
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He Left a Suicide Note to an Imaginary Friend
Kurt left a lengthy note to his imaginary childhood friend, ‘Boddah.’ This is the same note with his famous last words, “It’s better to burn out than to fade away.”
A Lethal Dose
Though a shotgun blast to the head was ruled as the cause of death, a high concentration (three times the lethal dose) of heroin and traces of diazepam were in Kurt’s body. The strange thing is that experts have agreed that triple the average lethal dose of heroin coursing in his system meant he would have been unconscious within seconds. Instead, what is believed to have happened was that he picked up his gun, moved a few feet away from his drug paraphernalia and shot himself. Improbable, but not impossible.
Source: Seattle Police Department
He’s Part of the 27 Club
Kurt’s death isn’t just odd because of all the immediate elements surrounding it; it’s also another entry into ‘The 27 Club.’ This includes more than 40 musicians including Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Amy Winehouse who passed away at age 27.
Open and Shut Case, or Just Open?
Though the following are not all proven facts, I’ll list some interesting related information and events for your consideration:
- The bass player for Courtney Love’s band Hole was found dead 2 months after Kurt, also involving an apparent heroin overdose. There are similarities in their deaths as well as how the Seattle police handled both cases.
- Seattle-based investigative journalist Richard Lee made his murder theories well known, even directly confronting Courtney Love about them.
- Courtney Love’s own father believes the murder theories according to his interview in the documentary Kurt & Courtney.
- Eldon “El Duce” Hoke, singer of L.A. punk band, “The Montors”, claims Courtney offered him $50K to kill Kurt in December ’93. A leading polygraph expert determined he was telling the truth with 99.7% certainty. To add another element of mystery, Hoke was found dead in 1997 shortly after taking a walk with someone his friends said they’d never seen before.
- Private investigator Tom Grant was hired by Courtney on April 3rd 1994 to track Kurt’s credit card, just days before he allegedly committed suicide. After eight months of investigation, Grant came to the conclusion that Kurt was murdered
Was Kurt Cobain’s Guitar Playing The Cause of His Death?
Brought to the public’s attention by biographers, this improbable but not impossible theory was speculated to have ultimately caused Kurt’s death. It goes like this: young Kurt was ambidextrous and chose to learn left-handed guitar, which is known to be very difficult. The heavy guitar caused what may have been relatively dormant scoliosis to worsen, pinching a nerve in his spine, which led to terrible chronic pain, then self-medication with heroin, then depression and a downward spiral resulting in suicide.