It has been just a little over 21 years ago that Kurt Cobain died of a suicide by a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. The last year of his life was mired by drug abuse, illness and depression. He had a real tough time managing his fame and public image and the professional and lifelong personal pressures surrounding him and his wife, Courtney Love.
His death has made news recently. A man by the name of Richard Lee is suing the city of Seattle over the sealing of grisly public files that dictate what happened when Cobain supposedly committed suicide. Lee argues that the discretion falls under the Public Records Act. He is the host of the public access show “Now See It Person to Person: Kurt Cobain Was Murdered”, which makes total sense as to why he’s pushing for the sealed records to be released.
Courtney Love is against the disclosure, saying “Courtney herself says, “Public disclosure [of these photos] would reopen all my old wounds and cause me and my family permanent — indeed, endless and needless — pain and suffering, and would be a gross violation of our privacy interests. I would never be able to erase those haunting images from my mind. I cannot even imagine the enormity of the trauma this would cause me, not to mention many others.”
If there will be a new investigation to determine how Kurt Cobain really died, we don’t need to see the grisly details that Lee is attempting to make public. As a matter of fact, we should respect the dignity of the dead by not putting them and their family through another scandal and public spectacle, including his daughter Frances Bean Cobain, who was 1.5 years old at the time of her father’s death.
The biggest advocate for the re-opening of Kurt Cobain’s file is, probably, Tom Grant. Grant is a former private investigator who was hired by Courtney Love after Cobain went missing from rehab.
Grant runs the website cobaincase.com, a very thorough resource for anyone interested in more about the circumstances surround the death of Kurt Cobain, where he states that “after several months of intensive investigation, including dozens of taped interviews with Cobain’s closest friends and family members,” he believes Courtney Love and her live-in nanny Michael Dewitt (whom you might remember from Rome) conspired to kill Cobain.
His main argument concerns a few points of interest in the days leading up to the death:
* There was no suicide note
* Cobain was in fear of his life
*He was about to get divorced to Courtney Love
* Courtney Love had another note that she kept in secret.