Kurt Cobain, even 21 years after his death, still cannot have peace.
— Mary Smith (@smitharyy) August 1, 2015
According to Financial Express, a Washington state judge dismissed a lawsuit seeking death scene photographs of Nirvana’s front-man Kurt Cobain, citing a violation of procedures as the main reason behind the ruling. Earlier, independent journalist Richard Lee had sued Seattle Police Department to try and force the release of the photographs taken by law enforcement officials after Kurt Cobain’s suicide in 1994. Lee runs the public access show Now See It Person To Person: Kurt Cobain Was Murdered, and has been involved in attempts to release the last photographs of the iconic singer, where he can be seen with a shotgun wound on his head.
— Morgan Elizabeth (@Blue_Green_Eyed) August 1, 2015
Kurt Cobain’s widow, Courtney Love, filed a declaration last week seeking to block the release of the pictures. She has been known for making public declarations about being threatened by conspiracy theorists who suspect some kind of foul play behind Kurt Cobain’s death. In an earlier interview with Ultimate Classic Rock, Love had spoken about having to deal with absurd allegations on an everyday basis.
“I am routinely called a murderer and receive death threats by conspiracy-theory obsessed individuals who believe I was somehow involved in my husband’s death and the public release of these images would only exacerbate such activity and further endanger my safety.”
During the court case, Kurt Cobain’s daughter, Frances Bean, also reiterated the negative psychological effect releasing the photos could have on her family, according to NME.
“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. Further sensationalizing it through the release of these pictures would cause us indescribable pain.”
However, speaking to Seattle Times after his petition was rejected, Richard Lee emphasized that this will not be his last attempt at obtaining the photographs.
“Of course I will re-file… I’ve never heard of a case where an issue of such public importance was dismissed because of such trivial circumstances.”
According to Stereogum, Richard Lee, who is a known conspiracy theorist from the Seattle area, firmly believes that Kurt Cobain was assassinated as part of a covert plan involving not only Courtney Love and her family, but also several high-ranking government officials.
— jole’ angelle ♡ (@Ashleyjole75) July 28, 2015
With the latest ruling, Richard Lee’s uphill battle to secure the photographs looks even more fraught with obstacles.
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