Courtney Love and Frances Bean urge court not to release Kurt Cobain’s death scene photos

A local TV host is suing the city of Seattle to release photos he says will show the Nirvana frontman was murdered

Kurt Cobain‘s death scene photos should not be released to the public, argues the Nirvana frontman’s widow Courtney Love.

Cobain passed away in April 1994, with the official cause of his death cited by police as suicide by a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head. Despite this, the circumstances surrounding his passing have been much debated ever since.

Now, a new lawsuit is seeking for the police’s official death scene photographs to be released, claiming that they will prove that Cobain was murdered.

Seattle Superior Court judge Theresa Doyle will hear arguments from both Love and daughter Frances Bean Cobain, as well as from Richard Lee, who runs a local public access television show.

The Seattle Times reports that Lee has sued the city of Seattle as well as the Seattle Police Department for concealing the documents.

The city of Seattle is arguing that the material should remain private for the privacy of Cobain’s family and loved ones. Love and Frances Bean, meanwhile, have detailed the psychological effect that it would have on their lives if the photos were released.

“I have had to cope with many personal issues because of my father’s death. Coping with even the possibility that those photographs could be made public is very difficult,” Frances Bean Cobain wrote in a statement.

She added: “Further sensationalising it through the release of these pictures would cause us indescribable pain.”


Meanwhile, a previously unreleased solo track by Cobain will be included in documentary film Montage Of Heck when the film is re-released in cinemas this summer.

The film originally experienced a limited release worldwide during May, and is now heading back to the big screen from August 7. Billboard reports that a new, unheard demo will be included in the new version of the film.

Director Brett Morgen claims the song features Cobain singing in falsetto, comparable to Brian Wilson, and was thought to be recorded in 1991.

Morgen refused to state the scene the untitled song soundtracks as he doesn’t “want to get people out there bootlegging it on their cell phones”.