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Modern rock icon Kurt Cobain dies by suicide on April 5, 1994. His body was discovered inside his home in Seattle, Washington, three days later by Gary Smith, an electrician, who was installing a security system in the house. Despite indications that Cobain, the lead singer of Nirvana, killed himself, some skeptics questioned the circumstances of his death and pinned responsibility on his wife, Courtney Love.
Cobain’s downward spiral began taking shape in Italy the previous month. He went into a coma and nearly died after mixing champagne and the drug Rohypnol. The public was led to believe that the coma was induced by an accidental heroin overdose, since Cobain had a well-known problem with the drug.
Back at home in Seattle's Denny-Blaine neighborhood, the police were called to Cobain and Love’s home when he again threatened to kill himself. Although Cobain stated in a 1991 interview that he didn’t believe in guns, the officers confiscated four from his possession. As his wife and friends watched him spin out of control, they attempted to intervene. Cobain mostly ignored their concerns but reluctantly checked into a rehabilitation clinic in Los Angeles at the end of March.
On March 30, Cobain walked away from the clinic without informing his family or friends. For the next few days, Love could not locate him and decided to hire a private detective on April 3. The detective made contact with Cobain the following day in Seattle, but Cobain refused to return to Los Angeles.
In the meantime, Cobain had convinced a friend to buy him a gun, claiming he needed it for protection. On April 5, Cobain returned home. He had ingested enough Valium and heroin to reach near-fatal levels. In the apartment above the garage was Cobain’s suicide note, quoting Neil Young’s lyric that it is “better to burn out than to fade away.”
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The Kurt Cobain Theory About His Death That Changes Everything
Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain's death in 1994 was ruled a suicide but 25 years later, the theory that he was actually murdered is still alive and well. Recent FBI files released on the case show that people have contacted them several times since Cobain died, even as recently as 2006, asking the agency to look into the case and laying out the reasons why they don't think Cobain took his own life. The FBI politely said the case doesn't fall under their jurisdiction.
The names of the people who asked the FBI for help are redacted, but there are a few drivers of the theory that Cobain was murdered. One is a private investigator and former detective with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department named Tom Grant. Grant was hired by Cobain's wife, Courtney Love, to find him after he'd left rehab shortly before his death, but Cobain was dead by the time Grant figured out where he was — at home in his Seattle garage. Still, according to Cobain Case, Grant's website, his investigation led to his belief that it was Cobain's wife who helped arrange his death.
Grant wrote, "After several months of intensive investigation, including dozens of taped interviews with Cobain's closest friends and family members, I reached the conclusion that Courtney Love and Michael Dewitt (the male nanny who lived at the Cobain residence) were involved in a conspiracy that resulted in the murder of Kurt Cobain." It should be emphasized though, that these allegations have never been proven.
The Kurt Cobain suicide crisis: perspectives from research, public health, and the news media
The suicide of rock star Kurt Cobain in 1994 raised immediate concerns among suicidologists and the public at large about the potential for his death to spark copycat suicides, especially among vulnerable youth. The Seattle community, where Cobain lived and died, was especially affected by his sudden death. An overview of Cobain's life and death is presented and various crisis center and community-based interventions that occurred are discussed. Preliminary data collected from the Seattle Medical Examiner's Office and from the Seattle Crisis Center to assess the potential impact of Cobain's death on completed suicides and the incidence of suicide crisis calls are presented. The data obtained from the Seattle King County area suggest that the expected "Werther effect" apparently did not occur, but there was a significant increase in suicide crisis calls following his death. It is hypothesized that the lack of an apparent copycat effect in Seattle may be due to various aspects of the media coverage, the method used in Cobain's suicide, and the crisis center and community outreach interventions that occurred. The Cobain suicide and the role of media influence on copycat suicides are further discussed in commentaries from public health and news media perspectives.
Why It's Too Simple to Blame Kurt Cobain's Suicide on Celebrity Alone
M any have blamed Kurt Cobain&rsquos suicide &mdash on this day, April 8, in 1994 &mdash on the harsh glare of the spotlight: an especially brutal force for someone as sensitive as the Nirvana frontman.
LIFE Books described a tribute commemorating the 20th anniversary of Cobain&rsquos death, last year, as &ldquothe story of a young man who buckled beneath the weight of enormous, unwanted fame.&rdquo
In the book&rsquos introduction, editor Bob Sullivan notes that &ldquoat the apex of Nirvana&rsquos success, [Cobain] said he wished he could quit that gig and be a sideman in his wife&rsquos band, Hole.&rdquo
But casting fame as the villain in Cobain&rsquos undoing would be an oversimplification. Whether or not he recognized all that it entailed, celebrity was his goal from the time he founded Nirvana.
“He definitely wanted to be famous,” the band&rsquos former manager, Danny Goldberg, told USA Today in 2004. “He worked assiduously with tremendous clarity to achieve that. He designed the band’s T-shirts, commented on detailed aspects of the bios, was acutely aware of every review and interview and how often the videos were on. He knew which songs would be singles.&rdquo
That Cobain had achieved his goal was clear early on, when Nirvana&rsquos 1991 album Nevermind shot to the top of the charts, unseating Michael Jackson&rsquos Dangerous and selling 10 million copies &mdash to the great surprise of music industry moguls. As TIME put it in 1994, &ldquoNirvana came from the music-industry equivalent of nowhere, with a rough-edged first album recorded for a chiselly $606. The next, Nevermind&hellip fibrillated the psyche of a generation. It also launched the commercial vogue for grunge and made Seattle famous for something other than cappuccino, rain and bad professional sports.&rdquo
Part of what made Nirvana famous was Cobain&rsquos charisma. Recluse or no, he was an energetic presence and a magnetic force, as fellow musicians have attested. Recalling an early Nirvana performance, Beck told TIME last year, &ldquoI have a memory of them coming out and he had his middle finger up, was giving his middle finger to the audience&hellip I remember he had a smile on his face, there was a kind of playfulness, but it was also a little menacing, and I remember the minute they started playing, the entire audience erupted in a way I hadn&rsquot seen before.&rdquo
Cobain&rsquos lingering impact is evident in a documentary, Cobain: Montage of Heck, airing on HBO next month one reviewer says it &ldquowill rattle you as much as Cobain rattled the world.&rdquo
There&rsquos also plenty of evidence that the same fandom Cobain found obnoxious in life has pursued him in death. His (long-)expired credit card was up for auction earlier this year, and, grimmer still, his suicide note was recently printed on tank tops and t-shirts, allowing morbid fans to celebrate the star by wearing the note in which he &ldquomourns his loss of enthusiasm for performing before Nirvana&rsquos massive crowds.&rdquo
Read TIME’s 1994 obituary for Kurt Cobain, here in the archives: Never Mind
Kurt Cobain: Not A Suicide?
It's now been 10 years since Cobain was found dead in his Seattle home from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. His death quickly was ruled a suicide.
But in "Love & Death: The Murder of Kurt Cobain," two journalists say they smell a conspiracy, and claim they have evidence proving Cobain was murdered.
Max Wallace and Ian Halperin, the book's co-authors, and Tom Grant, who has been investigating Cobain's death for 10 years, visited The Early Show to share their findings.
Halperin tells co-anchor Hannah Storm the book reveals that it is scientifically impossible for Cobain to have committed suicide.
He says, "We present a case showing he had at least three times a lethal dose of heroin in his system when he died. The suicide note, the last five lines did not match his handwriting. He never mentions suicide in the so-called suicide note."
The book also notes that there were no fingerprints on the gun, and because Cobain had such a high dose of heroin, he couldn't have wiped off the gun.
And this is not the only inconsistency in the story, says Wallace: "Somebody had been using his credit card a few minutes before he died. The police never found the credit card. They never determined who was using it."
There are also secret tapes about Cobain's and Courtney Love's plans to divorce, Wallace claims: "The tapes reveal that Courtney's own lawyer believed Cobain was murdered and urged Tom Grant to prove this is not a suicide."
Love had hired Grant to find Cobain. A week before his death, Cobain had escaped from a drug rehab facility. And Grant, immediately suspicious of Love, started recording their conversations.
Grant explains why: "The first phone call to me began with a lie. When we met with her at her hotel, she continued lying. She told us about stories she had just planted in the press. She seemed extremely manipulative and dominating. She didn't seem so concerned about what was going on with him, although she said he was suicidal and everybody knows he's going to kill himself. Yet she seemed more concerned about her career than anything else. So as we left the room, I told my partner, Ben Klugman that we're going to document everything that goes on here. We have a missing person. Things aren't adding up. We need to document carefully."
One of the taped conversations involved Rosemary Carroll, the godmother of Cobain and Love's child, Frances Bean, and also the family attorney.
Carroll: "This is my theory and a lot of it is in Tuesday. That suicide note, this is a pastiche of things he had written before, I think. And of someone copying his hand, tracing his handwriting. It's sort of -- I think it was sort of cobbled together.
"I think Kurt wrote each of those words at different times and different places. I think someone went through his notebooks, found passages that could plausibly be cobbled together to a suicide note."
There are some handwriting experts who dispute the fact that somebody else finished that suicide note and some who believe that indeed his handwriting was copied.
Halperin says, "A lot of the top handwriting experts say it's inconclusive. In the book, we prove it's scientifically impossible he committed suicide."
Wallace adds, "We have evidence based on the leaked autopsy report that we received saying, someone gave him an overly pure dose of heroin, waited until he was unconscious and made it staged to look like a suicide."
There are some people who say because he used the drug so much, Cobain had a very high tolerance for heroin and that he could have killed himself.
But Wallace says there is not a single case in U.S. history documented where someone was able to survive more than a few seconds after ingesting this dose.
Halperin and Wallance say their motive is not to accuse anyone of murder, but to have the case re-examined because there have been copycat suicides.
Wallace says, "There have been at least 68 copycat suicides, teenagers killing themselves because they thought that's what Kurt did. That makes this case tragic."
He notes all that needs to be done is for Love to release the autopsy report to make everything clear.
Halperin says, "We're not accusing her of anything. We want her to come forward and vindicate herself. Still, if she is vindicated, it does not mean that Kurt Cobain wasn't murdered. And then she should get on the trail and help find the killers."
The Early Show tried to contact Love, but she did not make any comments about the book.
Friday, April 15
In 1997, Seattle Police Department spokesman Sean O'Donnell told NBC's Unsolved Mysteries of the monthlong investigation his department had conducted into the circumstances of Kurt's death. His detectives, he said, originally began the investigation with the premise that Kurt had been murdered before officially ruling out the possibility: "That's the way they conducted this investigation, so that there was a very thorough, comprehensive investigation done from the very beginning, and everything that the detectives encountered indicated to them that this was a suicide. We actually found nothing to indicate that this was anything but a suicide."
But a long trail of evidence suggests investigators never seriously contemplated the idea that Kurt was murdered at all. Indeed, a Seattle Police Department source familiar with the investigation told us in 1996 that Sergeant Cameron made it clear at the time that the so-called homicide investigation was just a show: "We weren't supposed to take it seriously." The source, who said he didn't necessarily believe Cobain was murdered, described a "shoddy investigation" in which Cameron didn't even bother to develop the photographs taken at the scene. He said an outside law enforcement agency should reinvestigate the circumstances because "Cameron will never admit he made a mistake. He is very concerned about his reputation."
The police reports we obtained under Washington State's Freedom of Information laws appear to reinforce his charge that the homicide unit never took their investigation seriously. According to the initial incident report filed by homicide detectives, they had been summoned to the Lake Washington estate by a patrol officer at 9:50 a.m. on April 8, a little more than an hour after Cobain's body was found. The dispatcher informed detectives that uniformed officers "are on the scene of a suicide. There is a note present, and the gun is also in place." In their official incident report, filed later the same day, the SPD homicide detectives wrote "Suicide" in the box on the form indicating "Type of incident." This is a clear contradiction of the SPD spokesman's assertion that the incident was investigated as a homicide from the very beginning. It proves that from the earliest hours of April 8, each unit of the Seattle Police Department had already officially labeled the death a suicide.
Certainly, Grant's own attempts to share information with Cameron did not inspire confidence. Grant had already spent considerable time in the greenhouse, photographing the interior and exterior from every angle. One detail in particular stood out for him. The doors had a simple push-in-and-twist-type lock. On April 8, Cameron had informed him over the phone that Kurt was "locked inside the room," suggesting that nobody could have been inside with him. This appeared to suggest that suicide was the only possible scenario. Now, face-to-face with Cameron for the first time, Grant asks the veteran homicide detective why he had told him the door was locked from the inside. (Ever since Grant had actually seen and photographed the lock, he realized that the detective's statement was irrelevant.)
"Anyone could have pulled that door shut after locking it," Grant says.
Cameron has a ready explanation: "There was a stool wedged up against the door." This is a detail that had already been reported on both MTV and the talk show Geraldo, as well as numerous newspaper articles about the case. Rolling Stone, for example, wrote, "Sometime on or before the afternoon of April 5, Cobain barricaded himself in the room above his garage by propping a stool against its French doors." Anybody reading this would naturally assume that Kurt must have killed himself because nobody else possibly could have been in the greenhouse with him and then exited the room with a stool wedged against the door. Therefore, Kurt must have wedged the stool in front of the door himself before committing suicide.
Grant asks Sergeant Cameron if he can examine the photographs that police took at the scene. The detective refuses, offering yet more proof that he never took his murder investigation seriously. "We haven't developed the photographs and probably never will. We don't develop photographs on suicides," says Cameron.
Grant shares some of the information he and Ben Klugman have gathered, including details on the use of Kurt's credit card after he died. Again, Cameron brushes him off: "Nothing you've said convinces me this is anything but a suicide."
At the time, Grant had no reason to doubt Cameron's word that a stool had been wedged against the door. But when, months later, he obtained the incident report filed by the first detectives who arrived on the scene, the file suggested that Cameron was either lying or had badly bungled his investigation. The report read:
Cobain is found in the 19' x 23' greenhouse above the detached double garage. There are stairs on the westside leading to the French door entry and another set of French doors on the eastside leading to a balcony. These doors are unlocked and closed but there is a stool with a box of gardening supplies on it in front of the door.
The report clearly demonstrates that the stool wasn't, in fact, wedged against the exit door at all. Rather, it was standing in front of the French doors on the other side of the room&mdashdoors that didn't even serve as an exit. Although the actual exit door was indeed locked, it could have been locked and pulled shut by anyone leaving the scene. Why Cameron was repeating the demonstrably false story about the wedged stool is a question he refuses to answer to this day.
Whatever the reason, the police report proves beyond any doubt that Kurt never barricaded himself in the room, and it clearly demonstrates that another person could have easily been in the greenhouse at the time of Kurt's death. Thus, one of the most convincing pieces of so-called evidence pointing to suicide is nothing more than a myth. It is a myth that has never been dispelled by a single biographer, nor by any of the media that originally reported on the barricaded door. It is a myth that many distraught teenagers would cling to in the months and years to come.
Excerpted from "Love & Death: The Murder of Kurt Cobain" by Max Wallace and Ian Halperin. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be used or reproduced without written permission from Simon & Schuster.
He spent two days in rehab before fleeing the treatment center
On April 1, Cobain phoned Love with a cryptic message. According to an account, the Hole frontwoman gave a local Seattle newspaper, he said, in part, “Just remember no matter what, I love you.” Later that night — after spending just two days in rehab — staffers said he alerted them that he was stepping out to smoke a cigarette on the patio. Love explained that’s when he allegedly jumped over a more than six-feet-high brick wall and disappeared.
Police suspect he flew back to Seattle where he spent his final days wandering, with neighbors claiming to have spotted an ill-looking Cobain in a park near his home dressed in a heavy coat, which they deemed inappropriate for the April weather. Others have suggested he may have spent a night with an unidentified friend at his nearby summer home.
The Cause and Controversy Of Kurt Cobain’s Suicide
Born February 20, 1967 as Kurt Donald Cobain, Nirvana’s lead singer was one of, if not the, premiere musical icon of Generation X [ 7 ]. He was credited with pioneering the “grunge” subgenre to Alternative Rock in America. At the time of his suicide, Cobain had a net worth of $150 million and was arguably one of the world’s most famous rock stars [ 4 ] . It’s because of this that people wonder why he ultimately decided to take his own life. Others speculate that perhaps his death was not a suicide at all.
Cobain’s Death by Suicide:
On Friday, April 8th, 1994 Kurt Cobain was found dead from a gunshot in the outdoor greenhouse of his Seattle, Washington home [ 4 ]. Cobain’s autopsy estimated the time of his death to be Tuesday, April 5th via a self-inflicted gunshot to the head [ 4 ].
When police arrived they found a shotgun against his chin, a suicide note placed on top of a pile of potting soil, a pen staked through the middle of the note, a used syringe, about $100 of Mexican black tar heroin , a pack of Camel Lite cigarettes, a half-empty can of Barqs Root Beer, and towels presumably left by the singer to help clean up the mess [ 4 ]. The singer had been missing since fleeing a drug detox center in LA 9 days earlier.
What Caused Cobain’s Suicide? : In the wake of Kurt’s suicide, those left behind all had the same question: why? Over the years, fans have come up with several possible explanations for why Kurt Cobain chose to commit suicide:
Mental Illness : As an adolescent, Cobain was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder (or manic depression). This causes destabilizing swings between manic mood phases (rage, euphoria, excessive energy, overconfidence, and little need for sleep) and depressive mood phases (low energy, fatigue, low motivation, no interest in daily activities, and suicidal thoughts). These phases can last for months [ 8 ].
Family History of Suicide: Some also point to suicide’s genetic component. A year after his death, Cobain’s cousin Beverly confessed her own past struggle with suicidal ideation. She revealed that Kurt was the 3rd male Cobain to take his own life. All three used firearms [ 8 ] [ 4 ].
He Hated Stardom : It’s tempting to believe that Cobain’s feelings about his success led to his depression and eventually his suicide. But an examination of Cobain’s personal writings in the HBO Movie Montage of Heck revealed that he first attempted suicide in high … Continue Reading
Inside Kurt Cobain's Tragic Suicide 25 Years After the Nirvana Legend's Death
On April 5, 1994, the world lost Kurt Cobain, who, at age 27, took his own life at his Seattle home with a 20-gauge shotgun. His body was found two days later by an electrician.
In a 1994 article in Rolling Stone magazine, writer Neil Strauss took a deep dive into the Nirvana singer’s final days, including a look at his lengthy battle with drugs and depression.
Cobain’s body had been found to contain high traces of heroin and Valium when he died, though at the time of his death, Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic dismissed the idea that his drug habit was the reason he killed himself.
“Just blaming it on smack is stupid,” Novoselic told a Seattle newspaper at the time. “Smack was just a small part of his life.” Indeed, Cobain had long suffered from clinical depression, having been diagnosed with it in high school.
“Kurt could just be very outgoing and funny and charming,” Butch Vig, who produced Nirvana‘s landmark 1991 album Nevermind, told Rolling Stone. 𠇊nd a half hour later, he would just go sit in the corner and be totally moody and uncommunicative.”
In the days leading up to Cobain’s suicide, plenty of family and friends had expressed major concern for the rock star, who wasn’t returning anyone’s calls — his mother, Wendy O𠆜onnor filed a missing person’s report, and his wife Courtney Love, who was herself detoxing from drugs at the time, hired a private investigator to try and track him down.
Weeks prior to his death, friends and family had also attempted to enact a full-scale intervention to curb his heroin use. Love had threatened to leave him, and Novoselic and Nirvana guitarist Pat Smear said they would break up the band if he didn’t check in to rehab.
Cobain went𠅋ut he didn’t stay, walking out of a California clinic two days after he admitted himself on April 1, instead returning to Seattle.
On April 5, he locked himself in a room above his garage and shot himself in the head. According to the medical examiner report, his body was identifiable only by his fingerprints. A radio station was the first to broadcast the news, which shook not just the music industry, but the entire world.
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He left a note at the end he wrote, “Please keep going Courtney for Francis,” referring to their then 2-year old daughter Frances Bean. 𠇏or her life will be so much happier without me. I love you. I love you.”
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Kurt Cobain met rocker Courtney Love in 1990 but the pair first began to get close the following year. Love pursued him for months until they officially started dating in late 1991, before taking their relationship to the next level and tying the knot in Honolulu, Hawaii. Their daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, was born in the summer of 1992, around the time grunge scene leaders Nirvana approached the height of their success.
Helping to define a sub-genre of music, releasing two number 1 albums with Nirvana, Cobain cemented his place in rock&rsquos history books, but his turbulent personal life saw him battling addition and mental health issues.
The singer and guitarist died by suicide in April 1994 at the age of 27.
Months later, Hole star Love spoke out about losing him in her first interview since his death.
In a heart-wrenching revelation, the rockstar told Rolling Stone: &ldquoI used to be able to talk to Kurt more, wherever he is. But now he&rsquos really gone.&rdquo
Kurt Cobain: Nirvana star's rocker wife Courtney Love opened up on his death in an interview (Image: GETTY)
Kurt Cobain: Nirvana frontman married Courtney Love in 1992 (Image: GETTY)
&ldquoI used to feel like mourning him was really selfish because it would make him feel guilty,&rdquo she continued. &ldquoAnd the best thing to do was to pray for him and show him joy, so he could feel the vibration of the joy.
&ldquoBut now I know he&rsquos dissipated, and he&rsquos gone. There&rsquos not anything left. Not even to talk to.&rdquo
Love, who had returned to touring, also shared how the loss of Cobain haunted her while she was onstage.
&ldquoWhen the lights are blue and there are two of them in front of me, often they will symbolise Kurt&rsquos eyes to me. That happens a lot,&rdquo she told the publication.
Kurt Cobain: Nirvana legend died by suicide in 1994 (Image: GETTY)
Kurt Cobain Montage of Heck Official Trailer 2015
&ldquoThat happened to me when I used to strip. I had a friend who died, and he had almost lavender eyes.
&ldquoThere&rsquos be these lights on, and I&rsquod see that when the big purple lights came on.
&ldquoSo, there&rsquos that,&rdquo Love added. &ldquoThe energy is reaching in.
&ldquoI know wherever he is &mdash whatever is left, whether it&rsquos part of one egoless divinity or what &mdash his energy is concentrated on me and on Frances.&rdquo
&ldquoAnd it&rsquos also concentrated on the cause and effect he&rsquos had on the world.&rdquo
Cobain&rsquos final album, Nirvana&rsquos In Utero, was released just eight months before his death and received widespread critical acclaim.
It has been certified 5x platinum and has been ranked among the greatest albums of all times by a number of publications.
Just two months after her famous husband&rsquos suicide, Love&rsquos Hole bandmate, bass player Kristen Pfaff, died of a drug overdose.
Last year, she hinted at the possibility of reuniting the band during an interview with The Guardian.
Looking back on the release of their second album, Live Through This, which fell days after Cobain&rsquos death and weeks before Pfaff&rsquos passing, Love told the publication: &ldquoWhen it came out, there was so much horrible other stuff happening in my life that I didn&rsquot even think about it.&rdquo
On the subject of processing the tragedy which surrounded her that year through music, the singer added: &ldquoWe were from the kick, punch, scream, yell until they leave us alone and/or combo of that stuff with a guitar kind of generation.
FBI Releases File On Suspicions Raised About Kurt Cobain's 1994 Death
The FBI quietly released its file on Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain last month on the requests for an investigation into his suicide at the age of 27.
The 10-page file, now available online in the FBI’s Freedom of Information library, called The Vault, includes two messages sent in 2006 calling on the agency to open an investigation amid suspicions that Cobain may have been murdered.
The iconic grunge rocker was found dead of a shotgun wound at his Seattle home on April 5, 1994. A a suicide note was next to his body. Local authorities determined that he killed himself.
An email and letter to the FBI in the file referred to information or attention from the media speculating about the singer’s death. The names of the individuals who wrote the messages are redacted in the file.
“Millions of fans around the world would like to see the inconsistencies surrounding the death cleared up for once and for all,” stated the email in the file, which was first reported by Rolling Stone. “It is sad to think that an injustice of this nature can be allowed in the United States.”
A letter claimed that Cobain’s “killer is still out there and now, because of the haste of the police department, has the chance to claim other victoms.”
The FBI responded to both that such an investigation would be outside of its jurisdiction.
“We appreciate your concern that Mr. Cobain may have been the victim of a homicide,” said the response. “However, most homicide/death investigations generally fall within the jurisdiction of state and local authorities. … Based on the information you provided, we are unable to identify any violation of federal law within the investigative jurisdiction of the FBI.”
The FBI also included a letter from an official working in the U.S. Office of Congressional and Public Affairs responding to a letter sent to then-U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno in 2000. The original message was not included.
“Your recent communication to Attorney General Janet Reno expressing your belief that Kurt Cobain was murdered has been referred to the FBI for reply,” the official stated. “Based on the limited information you provided, we are unable to justify any violation of federal law within the investigative jurisdiction of the FBI. We are, therefore, unable to take any investigative action in this case.”
The FBI file also contained production notes from the company that created “Unsolved Mysteries,” which featured a segment on Cobain in 1997 that raised questions about his cause of death.
What If Cobain Had Stayed With Drug Treatment
I really enjoyed his music and wish he&rsquod been able to give detox and drug rehab another shot. I wish drug rehab had been more helpful for him. I&rsquom sure in some way his mental illness and drug addiction gave him a lot of fuel for his musical style and lyrics. They were edgy, raw, and sometimes embarrassing to say out loud. But that&rsquos the world he lived in and it all became too much.
Who knows how much influence Cobain and his band could have had in the future had he lived? Drug rehab might have even given him a greater variety of song material to work with. Or he might have given up the music industry altogether.
It&rsquos tragic, it&rsquos confusing, and it&rsquos unfortunately not uncommon for someone with bipolar and a drug addiction. Impulses are out of control, and drugs take away inhibitions. When a mood swing comes along and the person feels enough pain, it&rsquos hard to know what they will do. For Kurt Cobain, it turned out to be the end.
By Wendy Lee Nentwig