Photos of grunge legend Kurt Cobain’s manged body will not be made public after his widow Courtney Love blocked their release.
The Washington Court of Appeals on Tuesday ruled against releasing the 55 bloody photos from the Nirvana frontman’s 1994 suicide.
Judges agreed with Love and her daughter Frances Bean Cobain that it would ‘violate the Cobain family’s due process rights under the 14th Amendment’.
Photos of grunge legend Kurt Cobain’s manged body will not be made public after his widow Courtney Love blocked their release
Judges agreed with Love and her daughter Frances Bean Cobain (family pictured in 1993) that it would ‘violate the Cobain family’s due process rights under the 14th Amendment’
The photos show ‘Kurt Cobain’s body as it lay in the family residence after he was shot in the head’ with a shotgun, court documents said.
Journalist Richard Lee sued the City of Seattle in 2014 to get the photos released under Washington state’s Public Records Act.
Described by local newspapers as a conspiracy theorist, Lee believes Cobain was actually murdered in a conspiracy involving several government officials.
Lee angrily vowed to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, saying he felt ‘horribly offended’ by the verdict and being rejected for the second time was a ‘gut punch’.
‘The idea that in a case of violent homicide, with the cast of characters involved and the evidence I have presented, that the courts are seriously ruling for relinquishing this key evidence of murder to some ashy urn is barbaric,’ he told The Blast.
Four undeveloped rolls of film from the scene at Cobain’s home were discovered when police in 2014 reviewed the case 20 years after his death
Police released 35 photos form the scene including a couple showed his arm, side, and foot, but ones showing his injuries were not released
Police in 2016 released this photo of the shotgun that Cobain used to shoot himself dead
Cobain pinned his suicide note to a planter in his greenhouse with a red pen
‘This is not a happy day for investigative journalism under the Washington courts.’
Four undeveloped rolls of film from the scene at Cobain’s home were discovered when police in 2014 reviewed the case 20 years after his death.
Journalist Richard Lee sued the City of Seattle in 2014 to get the photos released to prove his belief that Cobain was actually murdered in a conspiracy
They released 35 photos of the scene and later others of the shotgun he used to kill himself. A couple showed his arm, side, and foot but ones showing his injuries were not released.
The review concluded that the original finding of a suicide was correct and there was no evidence of foul play or a conspiracy.
Lee lost his initial case when the court said the images were ‘highly offensive to a reasonable person’, not in the public interest, and would infringe privacy.
He appealed last year and was vigourously opposed by Love and her daughter who claimed the photos’ release would cause them ‘substantial and irreparable harm’.
Love said in a court filing that Lee, in pursuing the case, ‘stalked and harassed me, my family, and my friends for many, many years’.
‘On one particular occasion, Mr Lee even filmed himself chasing a limousine for several miles that he thought I was a passenger in. Mr Lee’s actions make me fear for my safety.’
Love, who was 25 when Cobain died, said his suicide ‘was the most traumatic experience of my life’ in court documents opposing the appeal
Frances Cobain (right) said she and her mother (left) received a constant stream of death threats from very disturbed individuals’ who were obsessed with her father
Nirvana bassist, Krist Novoselic was also in 2000 granted a restraining order against Lee, which expired in 2005.
Love, who was 25 when Cobain died, said his suicide ‘was the most traumatic experience of my life’ in court documents opposing the appeal.
‘It left me physically distraught and I continue to suffer emotionally from the loss of my husband to this day,’ she said.
Frances Cobain said she and her mother received a constant stream of death threats from very disturbed individuals’ who were obsessed with her father.
‘Releasing these photographs into the public domain would encourage more disturbed stalkers and fanatical threats,’ she said.
A box of drug paraphernalia alongside his glasses, a wallet, lighter, cigarette butt, cash, and a pack of cigarettes
A cigar box in one of the pictures contains a spoon, possibly with heroin residue on it
The review concluded that the original finding of a suicide was correct and there was no evidence of foul play or a conspiracy
Seattle police officers investigate the home of Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain, after he was found dead earlier that day in Seattle
KURT COBAIN’S SUICIDE: TWO DECADES ON SPECULATION STILL RAGES ABOUT THE GRUNGE LEGEND’S DEATH
After more than 20 years, speculation still rages among Nirvana fans as to the circumstances surrounding Kurt Cobain’s death.
His death certificate stated that he died as a result of a ‘contact perforating shotgun wound to the head’, and concluded it a suicide.
However here are the leading theories that have grown up around his death
After more than 20 years, speculation still rages as to the circumstances surrounding Kurt Cobain’s death
Lack of blood at the scene: Seattle public access host Richard Lee obtained a video taped from outside Cobain’s garage looking into his house.
The scene around the body showed what Lee claimed was a distinct lack of blood for a point-blank shotgun blast to the head.
Toxicology report: The official pathology report determined that the level of heroin in Cobain’s bloodstream was 1.52 milligrams per liter – a potentially lethal dose.
However, private investigator Tom Grant – who worked for Courtney Love – has pointed out that meant Cobain could have been too high to even be able to pull the trigger.
Furthermore, Grant argues that the heroin was used to incapacitate Cobain before the shotgun was fired by the perpetrator of the homicide.
Suicide note: Grant claims that while he was working for Courtney Love he came across the suicide note that Cobain wrote for Courtney Love.
He believes that the letter reads as a note announcing he is leaving his wife and the music business – not as a farewell to life.
He claims the final few lines at the bottom – which do imply suicide – were added afterwards by an unknown individual.
A photo shows the grunge rock star’s leather wallet with Cobain’s Washington state driver’s license inside
The shotgun: The gun that the singer used to kill himself, a Remington Model 11 20 gauge, was not checked for fingerprints until May 6, 1994. According to the Fingerprint Analysis Report, four cards of latent prints were lifted but contained no legible prints.
Nick Broomfield: The filmmaker’s controversial documentary Kurt & Courtney made the claim that Courtney Love paid for a hit on her husband’s life.
However, in a 1998 interview, Broomfield said: ‘I think that he committed suicide. I don’t think that there’s a smoking gun.’
Many of Cobain’s friends and family have noted the singer’s private and public utterances of depression and instability.
They noted his struggles with addiction and what they believe was an undiagnosed bipolar disorder.
They point to a previous suicide attempt in Rome in and bandmates Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl both believe he took his own life.