It ended and began with his death. Ten years ago, on April 8, 1994, the
spokesman for an angst-ridden generation, rock singer Kurt Cobain, was found
dead in his house in Seattle. It was an apparent suicide.
|Details: When Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain died at the height of
his popularity and success in April of 1994 in the greenhouse of his
home in Seattle, Washington, few could believe it. Inconsistencies in Kurt's death, including the fact that his suicide
note may have been forged, that fingerprints had apparently been
wiped from the crime scene, and that an unidentified individual had
been using Kurt's credit card shortly after his death.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the February 7, 1997 episode and has been rerun on Spike TV.
Kurt Cobain was a hugely influential rock star who changed the
face of music forever. So when he died suddenly at the age of 27, it
wasn't surprising that his untimely death would raise some
questions. The majority view is that it was suicide.
Ian Halperin - I have to be inclined to think that there's a lot of compelling evidence that points to a possible murder.
It's 4 o'clock on a cold Seattle afternoon, and Kurt Cobain, the lyricist-guitarist-lead singer of Nirvana, is sitting in a downtown hotel room, playing with his 5-month-old daughter, Frances, while his wife, Courtney Love-lead singer of her own band, Hole-applies her makeup. At the moment, the Cobains (including the baby) are on the cover of Spin magazine-which has named Nirvana as Artist of the Year-and the band's new album, Incesticide, is due out within the week. The Nirvana media machine should be in high gear.
Kurt's grandfather Leland Cobain, 80, is plagued by the suspicion that Kurt didn't kill himself. "I think he was murdered," he says. (In fact, conspiracy theories have spread over the years, but the Seattle police say the case is closed.)
"It was pretty sad," Leland Cobain says. "I didn't believe it. I couldn't believe it was suicide. Still don't."