Kurt Cobain death-scene photos court case dismissed by US judge

Local TV host urged the city of Seattle to release photos he said would show Nirvana frontman was murdered

A judge has dismissed efforts in Seattle to release photos of Kurt Cobain’s death scene.

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.

Richard Lee, a TV host in Seattle, wanted the police to release the official death scene photographs, claiming that they will prove that Cobain was murdered.


The Seattle Times reports that King County Superior Court Judge Theresa Doyle dismissed Lee’s lawsuit over a failure to correctly follow official procedure.

Doyle ruled Lee had failed to give Seattle enough time to respond to his request and improperly served his lawsuit. The public access TV host has said he’ll try another records request and sue again if unsuccessful.

During the court case Courtney Love and daughter Frances Bean explained 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”.


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