There are some strange circumstances and unanswered questions surrounding the death of Kurt Cobain. This information has been the subject of books, television shows, radio shows, quite a few magazine and newspaper stories, even a film. Was Cobain murdered?



April 8, 1994 the world learned of Kurt Cobain's death. While officially labeled a suicide, the continuous speculation surrounding the circumstances of Kurt's death has never stopped. It's been long rumored, but never proven, that Kurt Cobain was in fact murdered.



On April 8, 1994, music fans around the world were devastated to learn of the death of rock star Kurt Cobain, lead guitarist and singer-songwriter for the grunge band, Nirvana.  Cobain apparently died of a shotgun blast to the head. An autopsy later revealed a near-lethal dose of heroin in his bloodstream.  The official ruling:  suicide.


Murder or Suicide?

Kurt Cobain: Murder or Suicide

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. 

Brilliant and fatalistic, the lead singer of Nirvana helped popularize grunge, underground rock music which his band brought into the mainstream. 

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Unsolved Mysteries
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.

VH-1 Confidental

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.

But there are some that believe otherwise.

Ian Halperin - I have to be inclined to think that there's a lot of compelling evidence that points to a possible murder.

Controversy: Advocate  

Kurt Cobain AdvocateIt'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.


Murder or Suicide?

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."

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I met Kurt in 1986 during a telephone call. I was introduced to him by Andrew Wood.  Kurt and I continued to talk on the telephone until the week he died in 1994.  I started a blog to journal my memories of our shared conversations. 

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