Yesterday (April 5) marked the 25th anniversary of the late Nirvana frontman’s death. And while people from all over the world were posting tributes to Cobain, his daughter decided to take the time to shine a light on mental health.
“If you are struggling with your mental health and need someone to talk to please do not be afraid to reach out to your friends, neighbors, parents, counselors, teachers or even strangers on the internet,” she wrote in a post shared via her Instagram Story. “Needing help is not a weakness. Let’s end the stigma and shame towards the struggle with mental health.”
She also posted the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number.
Aside from her message on mental health, Frances Bean also shared a never-before-seen image of her father. Not listing any information regarding when the photograph was taken, or even how old Kurt was in it, the black and white image sees a young Kurt in a button-down blazer sporting a Frank Sinatra-type trilby.
Journalist Richard Lee, who is a long-term believer that Cobain was murdered, sought the pictures under the Washington State’s Public Records Act. After being refused access, he sued the city of Seattle and its police department.
After several appeals made by Lee, Cobain’s family won a case ensuring that images from four rolls of film taken at the scene of Cobain’s death in 1994 will be sealed from public view.
Meanwhile, Nirvana’s former manager Danny Goldberg has spoken out about claims that Kurt Cobain was murdered, describing them as “ridiculous.”
“He killed himself,” Goldberg said. “I saw him the week beforehand, he was depressed. He tried to kill himself six weeks earlier, he’d talked and written about suicide a lot, he was on drugs, he got a gun.
“Why do people speculate about it? The tragedy of the loss is so great people look for other explanations. I don’t think there’s any truth at all to it.”