The suicide of Nirvana star Kurt Cobain has been a topic oft-revisited in 2014, despite no new leads in what Seattle police believe to be a closed case — but now, a note recovered from his wallet after his death has caused a stir in the rock blogosphere.
It was 1994 when alt-rock fans were stunned by the news Kurt Cobain had died, and in a pre-internet era, many learned from MTV News that the 27-year-old star had been found dead in his home of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Before blogs, less information overall was both expected and proffered, and fans mourned the loss of one of the decade’s most prolific rockers.
In the years before Facebook chatter, it took a while for alternate theories of Cobain’s final moments to germinate. In the interim, widow Courtney Love gave a tearful speech at a local open memorial to Kurt — even encouraging grieving fans to angrily lambaste Cobain for his decision.
Ultimately, rumors began to circulate — among them, that Courtney Love had some sort of sinister role in Kurt Cobain’s death, and that his sudden passing may not have been a clear cut case of suicide.
As the decades passed, Love fell further out of favor with both Nirvana’s members and fans, engaging in decisions not approved of by both camps as the holder of her late husband’s catalog rights. But the note ostensibly written by Kurt Cobain in what may have been his very final moments is definitely a narrative game changer, and its contents are stunning to fans who’ve always wondered what was truly going on when the young star decided to take his own life.
Scrawled on a bit of paper, the final note from Cobain begins:
“Do you Kurt Cobain take Courtney Michelle Love to be your lawful shredded wife… ”
“… even when she’s a b***h with zits and siphoning all [yr] money for doping and whoring?”
The final note Cobain penned represents a strong contrast to his original suicide note, which was lengthier and described Courtney Love in far more flattering terms. The other letter has been available for some time, and stated in part:
“I have a goddess of a wife who sweats ambition and empathy and a daughter who reminds me too much of what I used to be, full of love and joy, kissing every person she meets because everyone is good and will do her no harm. And that terrifies me to the point to where I can barely function. I can’t stand the thought of Frances becoming the miserable, self-destructive death rocker that I’ve become.”
After the release of Kurt Cobain’s final note, the Seattle Police Department’s website has temporarily become inaccessible under the crush of traffic.