Despite an erroneous news report, we have not "reopened" the investigation into the suicide of Kurt Cobain.— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) March 20, 2014
The death of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain is being reviewed by Seattle police 20 years after the musician's death, and KIRO 7 Eyewitness News has unveiled a photo from the death scene that's never before been made public.
Our detective reviewed the case file anticipating questions surrounding the closed Cobain case as the 20 yr anniversary approaches.— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) March 20, 2014
On April 5, 1994, Kurt Cobain’s death shocked the world, the singer apparently committing suicide via gunshot after injecting a lethal amount of heroin. There are conspiracists who believe Cobain’s wife, Courtney Love, had something to do with the grunge legend’s death, but those suspicions are not the reason why Cobain’s case is being re-examined.
According to KIRO 7, in February of this year, Seattle police developed four rolls of film that had been sitting in their vault for 20 years. Under “high security,” the 35mm film was developed at the King County Sheriff’s Office photo lab. The images reportedly show a clearer view than previous photos of the scene, but the police do not plan on making the newphotographs available to the public.
In addition, KIRO has posted a new interview with Detective Mike Ciesynski (watch below) in which he explains why the police department only recently developed new crime scene photos.That all said, Seattle Police have made it clear that they are simply reviewing the case, not re-opening it.
Cobain’s body was first found by electrician Gary Smith. “I noticed something on the floor and I thought it was a manikin,” Smith told KIRO 7 in 1994. “So I looked a little closer and geez, that’s a person. I looked a little closer and I could see blood and an ear and a weapon laying on his chest.”