Seattle police reveal previously unseen photos of Kurt Cobain suicide scene

PUBLISHED : Friday, 21 March, 2014, 10:40pm
UPDATED : Friday, 21 March, 2014, 10:40pm


Police have released previously unseen pictures showing drug paraphernalia from the scene of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain's suicide 20 years ago.

Seattle police spokeswoman Renee Witt said a detective who recently reviewed the Cobain case files found several rolls of undeveloped film used at the suicide scene. The images released late on Thursday were from that discovery.

One shows a box containing a spoon and what look like needles on the floor next to half a cigarette and sunglasses.

The other showed the paraphernalia box closed, next to cash, a cigarette pack and a wallet that appears to show Cobain's identification.

"There was nothing earth-shattering in any of these images," Witt said.

Police took another look at the Cobain suicide to be ready to answer questions in connection with next month's anniversary, she said.

"There's still a lot of interest in this case," Witt said. "The detective went into the case files to refresh himself. The outcome of the case has not changed."

Cobain's body was discovered in Seattle on April 8, 1994. An investigation determined that days earlier, Cobain went into the greenhouse of his large home and took a massive dose of heroin. He then shot himself with a 20-gauge shotgun.

Earlier that year, Cobain tried to kill himself in Rome by taking an overdose of tranquilisers.

Cobain, who was 27 when he died, sold millions of albums with Nirvana and helped popularise the Pacific Northwest's heavy "grunge" rock, along with bands like Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains and Mudhoney.

Cobain grew up in the logging town of Aberdeen, Washington, about two hours southwest of Seattle. After he died, thousands of young people converged on Seattle Centre, near the Space Needle, for a public memorial.

Though his death was ruled a suicide, there were some who refused to believe it .

"Sometimes people believe what they read. Some of the disinformation from some of the books - that this was a conspiracy - was completely inaccurate," said Detective Mike Ciesynski, who found the four rolls of undeveloped crime scene photos.

Ciesynski added: "It's a suicide. This is a closed case."