Kurt Cobain’s suicide note: Did Nirvana frontman accuse Courtney Love of ‘siphoning’ his money in disparaging letter?
Seattle police release previously unseen evidence, discovered at the time of the Nirvana frontman’s death
A previously unseen note found in Kurt Cobain’s wallet at the time of his death was far from kind about then-wife Courtney Love.
The undated letter, thought to be written by the Nirvana frontman, accused the Hole singer of “siphoning” all his money and branded her a “b**ch with zits”.
Scrawled on paper from the Phoenix Hotel in San Fransisco, the undated document has been released by Seattle police for the first time alongside other evidence related to his death following a public request.
"Do you Kurt Cobain take Courtney Michelle Love to be your lawfully shredded wife," it reads. "Even when she's a b**ch with zits and siphoning all yr[sic] money for doping and whoring."
When the words were written, what context they were written in, and how sincere they were is almost impossible to determine.
But the sentiment echoed in the wallet note does stand in stark contrast to that of his official suicide letter, in which he described Love as "a goddess of a wife who sweats with ambition and empathy".
"Frances and Courtney, I'll be at your alter [sic] … [Frances's] life … will be so much happier without me," he added, referring to the couple’s daughter, Francis Bean Cobain, who was just one when her father died.
Furthermore, Charles R Ross, the author of 2001 Cobain biography Heavier Than Heaven, has since implied that Love was actually the author of the note and had emailed him to tell him so, adding that she gave it to the musician ahead of their wedding in 1991.
The release of the note comes a month after Seattle police confirmed that reports that they were looking into re-opening the case after they developed four rolls of film that had been sitting in an evidence vault for years were untrue.
Although a cold-case detective had reviewed the evidence, no new findings were unearthed.
Police spokesperson Renee Witt told the Seattle Times in March: “He dug up the files and had another look and there was nothing new.”
Cobain was found dead with a shotgun wound in the head and across his body at his home on Lake Washington Boulevard on 8 April 1994. He was 27 years old.
The police investigation concluded that he had committed suicide three days before their discovery, on 5 April.
In 2013, a Seattle police department spokeswoman revealed that the department receives at least one request a week for them to reopen the investigation, though mainly through Twitter.
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