THE TRUE STORY OF THE DEATH OF KURT COBAIN

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“Kurt Cobain just committed suicide.”

The voice on the other end of the phone was my Rolling Stone editor.

“What!?” I exclaimed, shocked out of my sleep.

“Turn the radio on! How quickly can you get to Seattle?”

That day, I flew to Seattle to mourn the end of an era and the tragic loss of a life. Of an artist, a husband, a father, and a damn funny, sensitive, brilliant, tortured man.

I often think of Kurt today, in this time when the culture is standing up to bullies and bigots. He was a lone voice doing this a quarter century ago. And he was so much more.

This is the full, in-depth story of the circumstances leading up to his suicide. The original, shorter version won an ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for excellence in journalism.

This expanded version has never been published online before in its entirety. It includes a significant degree of additional reporting and research from after the magazine was published, as well as large sections that were cut for space.

THE DOWNWARD SPIRAL
by Neil Strauss

On April 8, shortly before 9 a.m., Kurt Cobain's body was found in a greenhouse above the garage of his Seattle home. Across his chest lay the 20-gauge shotgun with which the 27-year-old singer, guitarist and songwriter ended his life. Cobain had been missing for six days.

Gary Smith, an electrician installing a security system in the house, discovered Cobain dead. "At first I thought it was a mannequin," Smith said afterward. "Then I noticed it had blood in the right ear. Then I saw a shotgun lying across the chest, pointing up at his chin."

Though the police, a private-investigation firm and friends were on the trail, his body had been lying there for two and a half days, according to a medical-examiner's report. A high concentration of heroin and traces of Valium were found in Cobain's bloodstream. He was identifiable only by his fingerprints.

Mark Lanegan, a member of Screaming Trees and a close friend of Cobain's, says he didn't hear from Cobain that last week. "Kurt hadn't called me," he says. "He hadn't called some other people. He hadn't called his family. He hadn't called anybody." Lanegan says he had been "looking for [Kurt] for about a week before he was found. . . . I had a feeling that something real bad had happened."


Mark Lanegan and Cobain.

Cobain's friends, family and associates had been worried about his depression and chronic drug use for years. "I was involved in trying to get Kurt professional help on numerous occasions," says former Nirvana manager Danny Goldberg, now president of Atlantic Records. It wasn't, however, until eight days after Cobain returned to Seattle from Rome to recuperate from a failed suicide attempt in March that those close to him realized that it was that it was time to resort to drastic measures. Cobain had gone "cuckoo," says a spokesperson for Gold Mountain Entertainment, the company that manages Nirvana and Courtney Love's band Hole.

Those who were friends with Cobain and his wife, Courtney Love, report an increase in domestic disputes during that period, including instances when Love was forced to spend nights away from the house in order to escape Cobain's erratic behavior. Cobain had even told a few friends that he was worried Love was having an affair.

His relationship with Nirvana was just as rocky. In fact, Love told MTV that Cobain said to her in the weeks after Rome: "I hate it. I can't play with them anymore." She added that he only wanted to work with Michael Stipe of R.E.M.

"In the last few weeks, I was talking to Kurt a lot," Stipe said in a statement. "We had a musical project in the works, but nothing was recorded."

On March 18, a domestic dispute escalated into a near disaster. After police officers arrived at the scene, summoned by Love, she told them that her husband had locked himself in a room with a .38-caliber revolver and said he was going to kill himself. The officers confiscated that gun as well as a bottle of "assorted," unidentified pills that the singer had on him. Love told the officers where Cobain had stashed a Beretta .380 handgun, a Taurus .38 handgun, a Colt semiautomatic rifle, and 25 boxes of ammunition, all of which were confiscated. Though, later that night, Cobain told officers that he hadn't actually been planning to take his own life, the police report nonetheless described the incident as a "volatile situation with the threat of suicide." No one was arrested, and Cobain "left the residence" afterward.

Four days later, Cobain and Love took a taxi from their home in Seattle's Madrona neighborhood to the American Dream used-car lot near downtown Seattle. The taxi driver, Leon Hasson, says the couple fought the whole ride there. Still arguing, Cobain and Love entered the lot. According to lot owner Joe Kenney, Love was upset because, two days after they had purchased a Lexus on January 2, Cobain had returned it. Love wanted the car, but Cobain wanted something less ostentatious. Kenney adds that Love appeared unstable, and dropped several pills while walking toward a bathroom.

By this time, Cobain's family members, band mates and management company, had begun talking to a number of intervention counselors about treating Cobain's increasing heroin and psychological problems. One of these specialists was Steven Chatoff, executive director of Anacapa by the Sea, a behavioral health center for the treatment of addictions and psychological disorders, in Port Hueneme, Calif. "They called me to see what could be done," says Chatoff. "He was using, up in Seattle. He was in full denial. It was very chaotic. And they were in fear for his life. It was a crisis."

Chatoff began interviewing friends, family members and business associates in preparation for enacting a full-scale intervention. According to Chatoff, someone then tipped off Cobain, and the procedure had to be canceled. Nirvana's management, Gold Mountain, claims that it found another intervention counselor and told Chatoff a small lie to turn down his services politely.

Meanwhile, Roddy Bottum, an old friend of Love and Cobain's and the keyboardist for Faith No More, flew from San Francisco to Seattle to care for Cobain. "I really loved Kurt," Bottum says, "and we got along really well. I was there to be with him as a friend."

Nirvana guitarist Krist Novoselic staged his own separate intervention with Cobain, but the most grueling confrontation took place on March 25. That afternoon,, roughly 10 friends, including band mates Novoselic and Pat Smear, Nirvana manager John Silva, longtime friend Dylan Carlson, Love, Goldberg, and Janet Billig, manager of Love's band Hole (Bottum had already gone home) gathered at Cobain's home on Seattle's Lake Washington Boulevard to take a different approach with a new intervention counselor. As part of the intervention, Love threatened to leave Cobain, and Smear and Novoselic said they would break up the band if Cobain didn't check into rehab. At first, Cobain was unwilling to admit he had a drug problem, and did not believe that his recent behavior had been self-destructive. However, by the end of the tense five-hour session, Cobain's resolve had weakened and he agreed to enter a detox program in Los Angeles later that day. He then retired to the basement with Smear, where they rehearsed some new material.


Cobain and Novoselic.

However, once at the Seattle airport, Cobain changed his mind and refused to board the flight. Love had hoped to coax Cobain into flying to Los Angeles with her so that the couple could check into rehab together. Instead, she wound up on a plane with Billig. (The couple's daughter, Frances Bean, and a nanny followed the next day.) Love would say that she regretted leaving Cobain alone ("That '80s tough-love bullshit, it doesn't work," she said in a taped message during a memorial vigil for Cobain two weeks later). After a stop in San Francisco, Billig and Love flew to Los Angeles, and on the morning of the 26th, Love checked into a $500-a-night suite in the Peninsula Hotel, in Beverly Hills, and began an outpatient program to detox from drugs (Gold Mountain says it was tranquilizers).

Back in Seattle that evening, Cobain stopped by a woman friend and drug dealer's house in the upscale, bohemian Capitol Hill district. "Where are my friends when I need them?" she told a Seattle newspaper Cobain said to her. "Why are my friends against me?"


Capitol Hill neighborhood on the northeastern edge of downtown Seattle.

Cobain stayed in Seattle five more days before agreeing to go to Los Angeles for treatment on March 30th. Before leaving, he stopped by Dylan Carlson's condominium in the Lake City area of Seattle to ask for a gun because, Carlson says Cobain told him, there were trespassers on his Madrona property.

"He seemed normal, we'd been talking," Carlson, who was the best man at Cobain and Love's wedding, says. "Plus, I'd loaned him guns before." Though there is no registration or waiting period for shotguns in Seattle, Carlson believes Cobain didn't want to buy the shotgun himself because he was afraid the police would confiscate it, since they had taken his other firearms after the domestic dispute that had occurred 12 days earlier.

Cobain and Carlson headed to Stan's Gun Shop nearby and purchased a six-pound Remington Model 11 20-gauge shotgun and a box of ammunition for roughly $300, which Cobain gave Carlson in cash.


Cobain’s gun receipt from Stan’s Gun Shop, March 30, 1994.

"He was going out to L.A.," Carlson says. "It seemed kind of weird that he was buying the shotgun before he was leaving. So I offered to hold on to it until he got back." Cobain, however, insisted on keeping the shotgun himself. The police believe that Cobain brought the weapon home and stashed it in a closet. Novoselic reportedly drove Cobain to the airport. Smear and a Gold Mountain employee met Cobain in Los Angeles and drove him to the Exodus Recovery Center, in the Daniel Freeman Marina Hospital, in Marina del Rey, Calif. Cobain had spent four miserable days detoxing at Exodus in 1992, but left the center before his treatment was completed.

Despite his inability to proceed with his plan, Chatoff says he spoke with Cobain by phone several times before Cobain left for Los Angeles. "I was not supportive of that at all," says Chatoff of Cobain's admittance to Exodus, "because that was just another detox 'buff and shine.'"

Cobain spent two days at the 20-bed clinic. He talked to several psychologists there, none of whom considered him suicidal. Though Frances Bean and her nanny visited him, Love never did. On April 1 Cobain called Love, who was still at the Peninsula. "He said, 'Courtney, no matter what happens, I want you to know that you made a really good record,'" she later told a Seattle newspaper. "I said, 'Well, what do you mean?' And he said, 'Just remember, no matter what, I love you.'" (Hole were due to release their second album, Live Through This, 11 days later.) That was the last time Love spoke to her husband.

According an artist known as Joe Mama, a longtime friend of the couple's who was the last to visit Cobain at Exodus, "I was ready to see him look like shit and depressed. He looked so fucking great." An hour later, Cobain, in Love's words, "jumped the fence." Actually, it was a six-foot-plus brick wall surrounding the center's patio.

Though Exodus is a low-security clinic, and Cobain could have walked out the door if he had wanted to, he had something else in mind. One of Cobain's visitors remembers, "When I went to visit him, Gibby Haynes [of the Butthole Surfers] was in there with him. I don't know Gibby, but he's a nute. He was jabbering a mile a minute about people who had jumped over the wall there, stuff like 'Bob Forest went over the wall five times.' Kurt probably thought it would be funny."


Gibby Haynes and Cobain.

At 7:25 p.m., Cobain told the clinic staff he was stepping out onto the patio for a smoke and scaled the wall. "We watch our patients really well," says a spokesperson for Exodus. "But some do get out." Most of Cobain's friends and business associates who were in L.A. were at a concert by another Gold Mountain client, the Breeders, oblivious to the fact that he had escaped.

"After Kurt left, I was on the phone with Courtney all the time," says Mama. "She was really freaked out, so we drove around looking for him at all the places he might have gone. She was really scared from the beginning. I guess she could tell."

But Cobain was already on his way back to Seattle. He returned home on a Delta flight five and a half hours after his escape. By the time Love cancelled his Seafirst bank credit card and hired private investigator Tom Grant to track him down the following day, it was too late. In fact, according to police, cancelling the credit card made it even more difficult to find Cobain because Seafirst only records the type of business and amount of money for attempted charges on cancelled cards, not the precise location of the business. Love also reportedly hired a second private investigator to watch Cobain's drug dealer's home, a woman Love is said to have been jealous of to begin with.

When Cobain returned to his Madrona home, he found his former nanny, Michael DeWitt (whose nickname is Cali), staying there. "I talked to Cali, who said he had seen [Kurt] on Saturday [April 2]," says Carlson, adding that DeWitt described Cobain as looking ill and acting weird, "but I couldn't get ahold of him myself."

Neither could anybody else. The police believe Cobain wandered around town with no clear agenda in his final days. A taxi supervisor reports that Cobain was driven to a gun shop to buy shotgun shells (a receipt for the ammo was later found at Cobain's house). Neighbors say they spotted Cobain in a park near his house during this period, looking ill and wearing an incongruously thick jacket. Cobain reportedly spent time with some junkie friends, shooting up so much that they kicked him out because they were worried that he'd OD on them. Cobain is also believed to have spent time at his second home, in Carnation, Wash, where a sleeping bag was found. Next to it was a picture of the sun drawn in black ink above the words "cheer up," and an ashtray filled with cigarettes--one brand was Cobain's, the other wasn't.

On Sunday, April 3, someone (possibly Cobain) attempted to make several charges to his credit card. The amounts, ranging from $1,100 to $5,000, were apparent attempts to get cash. The following day, two more charge attempts were made, this time to get $86.60 worth of flowers. It was this same day that Cobain's mother, Wendy O'Connor, filed a missing-person's report. She told police that Cobain might be suicidal and suggested that they look for him at a particular three-story brick building, described as a location for narcotics, in Capitol Hill.


L to R: Cobain’s mother Wendy O’Connor, newborn Frances Bean, Cobain, and half-sister Breanne O’Connor.

Sometime on or before the afternoon of April 5, Cobain barricaded himself in the greenhouse above his garage by propping a stool against its French doors. The evidence at the scene suggests that he removed his hunter's cap--which he wore when he didn't want people to recognize him--and dug into the cigar box that contained his drug stash. He completed a one-page note in red ink. The top of the note was written in small handwriting, and never directly referred to suicide, leading some to believe it had been written ahead of time. The second half of the note was in much larger writing, and made direct reference to suicide (police handwriting experts have determined that both halves were written entirely by Cobain). Writing to Love, daughter Frances Bean, friends and fans, Cobain spoke of the great empty hole he felt had opened inside him. He also expressed his hope that Frances Bean's life would not turn out like his own.


Cobain’s suicide note.

"I haven't felt the excitement of listening to as well as creating music, along with really writing something for too many years now," Cobain scrawled, adding that "when we're backstage and the lights go out and the manic roar of the crowd goes out, it doesn't affect me the way in which it did for Freddie Mercury. . . . I've tried everything that's in my power to appreciate it, and I do, God, believe me, I do. But it's not enough. I appreciate the fact that I and we have affected and entertained a lot of people. I must be one of those narcissists who only appreciate things when they're alone. I'm too sensitive. I need to be slightly numbed in order to regain the enthusiasm I had as a child. On our last three tours I've had a much better appreciation of all the people I've known personally and as fans of our music. . . . I love and feel for people too much, I guess. Thank you all from the pit of my burning, nauseous stomach for your letters and concern during the last years. I'm too much of an erratic, moody person, and I don't have the passion anymore, so remember it's better to burn out than to fade away."

Cobain tossed his wallet on the floor, open to his Washington driver's license, which friends believe was to help the police identify him. Love reconstructed the rest of the tragedy for MTV: Cobain drew a chair up to the window, sat down, took some more drugs (most likely heroin), pressed the barrel of the 20-gauge shotgun to his head and--evidently using his thumb--pulled the trigger.

Though the county medical examiner has determined that Cobain died on the afternoon of April 5, someone tried to charge a $1517.56 cash advance on his credit card the following morning. The attempt was either made over the phone, or in person without the card. The police also report that two people say that Cobain's Capitol Hill heroin dealer told them Cobain had come by her apartment the night of April 5. The dealer denies the incident.

In a cruel twist of fate, it wasn't until April 6 that Love's private investigator, Tom Grant, arrived in Seattle. I was working with [Grant]," Carlson says, "and the day we were going to Carnation to look for him, we found out he was dead."

Carlson and Grant, a former deputy sheriff, also checked Cobain's Madrona home twice, but failed to search the greenhouse where Cobain's body lay. DeWitt left the main house and flew to Los Angeles on the afternoon of April 7, still unaware of the body nearby. Police say they never entered the house before Cobain's body was found, satisfying themselves with asking workers outside his house if they had seen Cobain.

Elsewhere on April 7, an emergency phone call was placed to 911 about a possible overdose victim at the Peninsula Hotel in Los Angeles. The police, the fire department and ambulances arrived at the scene, where they found Love and Hole guitarist Eric Erlandson. (Frances Bean and her nanny were staying in the room next door.) Love was taken to Century City Hospital, arriving around 9:30 a.m. She was released two and a half hours later. Lt. Joe Lombardi of the Beverly Hills Police says that Love was arrested immediately after her discharge and "booked for possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a hypodermic syringe and possession/receiving stolen property."

Criminal lawyer Barry Tarlow, Love's attorney, says that contrary to published reports, Love "wasn't under the influence of heroin" and "didn't overdose." He says that "she had an allergic reaction' to the tranquilizer Xanax. Tarlow says the stolen property was a prescription pad that "her doctor . . . left there when he was visiting. . . . There were no prescriptions written on it." And the controlled substance? "It was not narcotics," says Tarlow. "It's Hindu good-luck ashes, which she received from her entertainment lawyer Rosemary Carroll.

Love was released at about 3 p.m. after posting $10,000 bail. (All charges against Love were later dropped.) She immediately checked herself into the Exodus Recovery Center, the same rehabilitation facility from which her husband had escaped a week earlier. The following day, April 8, she checked out when she received word that her husband had been found.

The first time Cobain's troubles made tabloid headlines was in August 1992, after an infamous Vanity Fair article was published in which its writer, Lynn Hirschberg, reported that Love had used heroin while pregnant with Frances Bean. (Love has denied this.) As a result of subsequent media attention, the Cobains were not allowed to be alone with their newborn daughter for one month.

After a long and taxing battle with children's services in Los Angeles, where they were then living, the couple regained custody of the girl. In a September 1992 Los Angeles Times article, Cobain admitted to "dabbling" in heroin and detoxing twice in the past year--a strategic move, according to an insider, to mollify children's services. In subsequent interviews, Cobain never admitted to using heroin after he and Love had detoxed before Frances Bean was born.

In the spring of 1993, after the band had recorded In Utero with producer Steve Albini in Minnesota, another frightening series of events began to unfold. First came good news: On March 23, 1993, following a Family Court ruling in Los Angeles, children's services stopped its supervision of the Cobains' child-rearing. But just six weeks later, on May 2, Cobain came home (then in Seattle's Sand Point area) shaking, flushed and dazed. Love called 911. According to a police report, Cobain had taken a large dose of heroin. As Cobain's mother and sister stood by, Love injected her husband with buprenorphine, an illegal drug that can be used to awaken someone after a heroin overdose. She also gave Cobain a Valium, three Benadryls and four Tylenol tablets with codeine, which caused him to vomit. Love told the police this kind of thing had happened before.

A month later, on June 4, the police arrived at the Cobains' home again after being summoned by Love. The two had been fighting over Cobain's drug use, a source says Cobain later told him. However, Love told the police that she and Cobain had been arguing over guns in the house.

Cobain was booked for domestic assault (he spent three hours in jail), and three guns found at the house were confiscated. One of those weapons, a Taurus .380, had been loaned to Cobain by Carlson. (Cobain picked up the guns a few months later; they were again confiscated in the March 1994 domestic dispute.)

Seven weeks later, on the morning of July 23, Love heard a thud in the bathroom of the New York hotel where the couple was staying. She opened the door and found Cobain unconscious. He had overdosed again. Nevertheless, Nirvana performed that night at the Roseland Ballroom. Fans never knew the difference.

A few days later, Cobain returned to Seattle. One friend says: "He just kept to himself. Every time he came back after a tour, he would get more and more reclusive. The only people that saw him a lot were Courtney, Cali and Jackie [Farry, a former babysitter and assistant manager]."

Though, according to Gold Mountain, Cobain's clinical depression had been diagnosed as early as high school, according to Gold Mountain, the singer never seemed to fully believe he had a problem. "Over the last few years of his life," says Goldberg, "Kurt saw innumerable doctors and therapists."

Many who were close to Cobain remember that the musician frequently suffered dramatic mood swings. "Kurt could just be very outgoing and funny and charming," says Butch Vig, who produced Nevermind, "and a half-hour later he would just go sit in the corner and be totally moody and uncommunicative." "He was a walking time bomb, and nobody could do anything about it," says Goldberg.


Butch Vig, producer of Nirvana’s album Nevermind.

On Sept. 14, In Utero was released. Even though Cobain had vowed not to "go on any more long tours" unless he could keep his chronic stomach pain from acting up, he detoxed from heroin, according to sources, and hit the road for a long stretch of U.S. Nirvana dates.

On Jan. 8, 1994, Nirvana performed what would be their last American show, at the Seattle Center Arena. The band then spent the next couple of weeks relaxing in Seattle. During that time, in a move considered uncharacteristic by many, Cobain authorized Geffen to make a few changes to In Utero. In order to get chains such as Kmart and Wal-Mart to carry the album, which the stores had previously rejected, Geffen decided to remove Cobain's collage of model fetuses from the back cover.


Nirvana’s final show in the United States.

Geffen also changed the song title "Rape Me" to "Waif Me," a name that Cobain picked, according to Ray Farrell of Geffen's sales department. "At first, Kurt wanted to call it 'Sexually Assault Me,'" Farrell says, "but it took up too much room. In the end he decided on 'Waif Me' because waif, like rape, is not gender specific. Waif represents somebody who is at the mercy of other people." The altered version was also shipped to Singapore--the only country where In Utero was banned.

Nirvana (minus Pat Smear, who was still at home in Los Angeles) emerged from hibernation on the weekend of Jan. 28 and spent three days in the studio. On Feb. 2, the band members left for Europe. They stopped in France to appear on a TV show and began their tour in Lisbon, Portugal, on Feb. 5. It was the first time Nirvana had scheduled so many consecutive dates in Europe. The band and crew traveled by bus. Cobain and Smear traveled in one bus; Grohl and Novoselic rode in another. According to road manager Alex Macleod, two buses were a matter of luxury, not animosity.


L to R: Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Cobain, and Pat Smear.

"The shows went really well," recalls Macleod. "But Kurt was tired; I mean, we were traveling a lot."

About 10 to 12 days into the tour, heading back through France, Cobain began to lose his voice. For a while, a throat spray purchased in Paris and administered before shows helped ease his discomfort.


Cobain in Rome, Italy.

While Nirvana was in Paris--a week before Cobain's 27th birthday--photographer Youri Lenquette witnessed a chilling scene. Cobain showed up for a photo shoot for the French magazine Globe and struck up different poses with a sports pistol he had recently purchased. On one occasion, Cobain foreshadowed his own suicide by pressing the gun against his temple, pretending to squeeze the trigger, and miming the impact of the gunshot to his head. (Lenquette has decided not to release the photos.)

After a swing through a handful of French and Italian cities--including Rome--Nirvana performed in Ljubjana, in the former Yugoslavia, on Feb. 27 and, two days later, at Terminal Einz, in Munich, Germany. It would be Nirvana's final show. Cobain lost his voice halfway through the performance and, says Macleod, went to see an ear, nose and throat specialist the next day. "[Cobain] was told to take two to four weeks' rest," Macleod says. "He was given spray and [medicine] for his lungs because he was diagnosed as having severe laryngitis and bronchitis"

According to Macleod, the doctor who prescribed the throat spray to Cobain told him: "'You shouldn't be singing the way you're singing,' the same as they always say. "'You have to take at least two months off and learn to sing properly.' And he was like 'Fuck that.'"

The band postponed two more German shows--in Munich and Offenbach--until April 12 and 13 and took a rest. Novoselic flew back to Seattle the following day to oversee repair work on his house; Grohl stayed in Germany to participate in a video shoot for the film Backbeat (he played drums on the soundtrack); and Cobain and Smear headed for Rome. The band had made it through 15 shows with another 23 to go.

Cobain decided to stay in Europe. The plane trip and jet lag were too much to take in his condition. "He as much as anyone else was bummed out that they had to pull these two shows," says Macleod. "But there was no way that he could have gone on the next night."

On March 3, Cobain checked into Rome's five-star Excelsior Hotel. That same day, in a London hotel room, a writer for the British monthly Select was interviewing Love, who was preparing for an English tour with her band Hole. The writer says that during their talk, Love was popping Rohypnol, a tranquilizer manufactured by Roche, which also makes Valium. According to pharmacists, the drug is used to treat insomnia. It has also been used to treat severe anxiety and alcohol withdrawal and as an alternative to methadone during heroin withdrawal. (Gold Mountain denies withdrawal as an issue in Love's and Cobain's cases.) Known in some parts of Europe as Roipnol, the drug is not available in the United States. "Look, I know this is a controlled substance," Love said in the interview. "I got it from my doctor. It's like Valium.

According to Gold Mountain, Love, Frances Bean and Cali met Cobain in Rome the next afternoon. That evening, Cobain sent a bellboy out to fill a prescription for Rohypnol. In an uncharacteristic move, Cobain also ordered two bottles of champagne from room service. ("He never drank," his friends confirm.)

At 6:30 the following morning, Love found Cobain unconscious. "I reached for him, and he had blood coming out of his nose," she told Select in a later interview, adding, "I have seen him get really fucked up before, but I have never seen him almost eat it." At the time, the incident was portrayed as an accident. It has since been revealed that some 50 pills were found in Cobain's stomach. Rohypnol is sold in tinfoil packets; each pill must be unwrapped individually. A suicide note was found at the scene. Gold Mountain still denies that a suicide attempt was made. "A note was found," says a company spokesperson, "but Kurt insisted that it wasn't a suicide note. He just took all of his and Courtney's money and was going to run away and disappear."

Cobain was rushed to Rome's Umberto I Polyclinic Hospital for five hours of emergency treatment and then transferred to the American Hospital just outside the city. He awoke from his coma 20 hours later and immediately scribbled his first request on a note pad: "Get these fucking tubes out of my nose." Three days later, he was allowed to leave the hospital. Cobain's doctor, Osvaldo Galletta, says that the singer was suffering "no permanent damage" at the time.


Inside the ambulance with Courtney in Rome.

"He's not going to get away from me that easily," Love later said. "I'll follow him through hell."

The couple then returned to Seattle. "I saw [Kurt] the day he got back from Rome," says Carlson. "He was really upset about all the attention it got in the media." Carlson didn't notice anything abnormal about Cobain's health or behavior. Like many of Cobain's friends, he regrets that neither Cobain nor anyone close to Cobain told him that Rome had been a suicide attempt.

Sonic Youth guitarist and longtime Nirvana supporter Lee Ranaldo, who, like Nirvana, is managed by Gold Mountain, agrees. "Rome was only the latest installment of [those around Cobain] keeping a semblance of normalcy for the outside world," he says. "But I feel like I was good enough friends with Kurt that I could have called him up and said, 'Hey, how are you? Do you want to talk?'"


Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth.

"I never knew [Cobain] to be suicidal or anything like that," Mark Lanegan recalls. "I just knew that he was going through a really tough time."

The days after Cobain's death were filled with grief, confusion and finger pointing for all concerned. "Everyone who feels guilty, raise your hand," Love told MTV the morning after Cobain was found. She said she was wearing Cobain's jeans and socks and carrying a lock of her husband's blond hair. According to Gold Mountain, a doctor was summoned to stay with Love at all times.

"She's a strong enough person that she can take it," says Craig Montgomery, who was scheduled to manage a since-canceled spring tour for Hole.

"It was hard to imagine Kurt growing old and contented," adds Montgomery. "For years, I've had dreams about it ending like this. The thing that weirds me out is how alone and shut out he felt. It was him that shut out a lot of his friends.

Novoselic later said that he believed Cobain's death was the result of inexplicable internal forces: "Just blaming it on smack is stupid. . . . Smack was just a small part of his life."

"I think drugs tampered with his life," Faith No More's Bottum agrees, "but they weren't as huge a part of his life as people make it out to be."

The news of Cobain's death was first reported on Seattle's KXRX-FM. A co-worker of Gary Smith, the electrician who found Cobain's body, called the station with what he claimed was the "scoop of the century," adding, "you're going to owe me a lot of concert tickets for this one."

"Broadcasting this information was kind of an eerie decision to make," says Marty Reimer, the on-air personality who took the call. "We're not a news station." Cobain's sister, Kim, first heard of her brother's death through radio reports, as did his mother, Wendy O'Connor. "Now he's gone and joined that stupid club," O'Connor said to a reporter, referring to Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Brian Jones and Jim Morrison. "I told him not to join that stupid club."

After Reimer called the Associated Press with the story, MTV played reruns of Nirvana's Unplugged performance and Seattle DJs took to the airwaves. "He died a coward," barked one Seattle DJ on KIRO-FM, "and left a little girl without a father.

"I don't think any of us would be in this room tonight if it weren't for Kurt Cobain," Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder told a capacity audience during a Washington, D.C., concert the night that Cobain's death was announced. Vedder left the crowd with the admonition: "Don't die. Swear to God."

Outside Cobain's Seattle house the afternoon after his body was found, 16-year-old Kimberly Wagner sat on a wall for four hours, crying and fielding queries from news-hungry TV stations and magazines. "I just came here to find an answer," she sobbed. "But I don't think I'm going to."

Nearby, Steve Adams, 15, stood with a friend. As a Gray Line tour bus full of curiosity seekers passed by, he explained what Cobain's music meant to him. "Sometimes I'll get depressed and get mad at my mom or my friends, and I'll go and listen to Kurt. And it puts me in a better mood. . . . I thought about killing myself a while ago, too, but then I thought about all the people that would be depressed about it."

The Seattle Crisis Clinic received roughly 300 calls that day, 100 more than usual. Dr. Christos Dagadakis, director of emergency psychiatry at Harborview Medical Center, says, however, that "there was no particular increase in overdoses or suicide attempts coming in to our emergency room.

The following evening, on April 10, Seattle mourned Cobain as some 5,000 fans gathered in the park near the Space Needle to commemorate him. Love read excerpts from Cobain's suicide note in a taped message to the crowd, interspersing her own emotional responses to the confessions and doubts of her "sad little sensitive underappreciative Pisces Jesus man." "I should have let him, we all should have let him have his numbness," she sobbed. "We should have let him have the thing that made him feel better."


Vigil in Seattle, April 10, 1994.

It wasn't until hours after this candlelight vigil that Seattle experienced its first possible Cobain-related suicide. After returning home from the vigil, Daniel Kaspar, 28, ended his life with a single bullet.

The effects of Cobain's suicide reverberated around the globe. In Australia, a teenager committed suicide in an apparent tribute to Cobain. In southern Turkey, a 16-year-old fan of Cobain's locked herself in her room, cranked Nirvana music and shot herself in the head. Friends said she had been depressed ever since hearing about Cobain's death.

Elsewhere, on the evening of the vigil, Cobain's family scheduled a private memorial service at the Seattle Unity Church a few blocks away from the Seattle Center. There was no casket; Cobain's body was still in the custody of the medical examiners (he was later cremated). The Rev. Stephen Towles began the service by telling some 150 invited guests: "A suicide is no different than having our finger in a vise. The pain becomes so great that you can't bear it any longer."

Novoselic delivered a short eulogy afterward. "We remember Kurt for what he was: caring generous, and sweet," he said. "Let's keep the music with us. We'll always have it forever."

Carlson read verses from a Buddhist poet. Love, clad in black, read passages from the Book of Job and some of Cobain's favorite poems from Arthur Rimbaud's Illuminations. She told anecdotes about Cobain's childhood and read from his suicide note. She included parts that she had not read on tape for the vigil. "I have a daughter who reminds me too much of myself," Cobain had written.

Gary Gersh, who signed Nirvana when he was with Geffen (he is now president of Capitol Records), read a faxed eulogy from Michael Stipe. Last to speak was Danny Goldberg. "I believe he would have left this world several years ago," Goldberg said, "if he hadn't met Courtney."

When the service ended, Love headed to the Seattle Center nearby, where the vigil had just ended. Fans were burning flannel shirts, shouting for Nirvana music (which they got) and taunting the police, who were trying unsuccessfully to keep them out of the public fountain. Love mingled almost unnoticed in the sea of mourners, clutching her husband's suicide note in her hand. She disappeared and then reappeared with an armload of Cobain's old clothes and possessions, which she distributed to his fans. She described herself to bystanders as "angry" and emotionally "messed up."

Kim Warnick of the local group Fastbacks surveyed the scene with KNDD-FM music director Marco Collins, who had helped organize the mass memorial. "He would have loved this," she told him.

"All these kids," Collins replied, as he surveyed the undernourished teens with dyed hair, troubled eyes and torn jeans milling around him, "they look like they came from his world."

As of this writing, neither Grohl nor Novoselic has told his story to the press, though, along with Cobain's family and Gold Mountain, they will be setting up a scholarship fund for Aberdeen, Wash., high-school students with "artistic promise regardless of academic performance."

Children's services departments in both Seattle and Los Angeles confirmed that they had no caseworkers assigned to Frances Bean. Though Cobain did have a will, it was unsigned and therefore invalid at the time of his death. With no will, Love and Frances Bean have become the only heirs to his estate (which includes assets of over $1.2 million and debts of less than $740,000). Love, meanwhile, donated all of Cobain's guns, including the one he used to kill himself, to Mothers Against Violence in America.


Kurt Cobain Memorial Park, Aberdeen, Washington.

Love spent time holed up in Seattle for a while before flying to New York, where she went on a lingerie shopping spree. After Love returned to Seattle, another tragedy unfolded around her. Kristen Pfaff, the bassist in her band, Hole, was preparing to move from Seattle to Minneapolis on the evening of June 15 when she locked herself in her bathroom around 9:30 p.m. The following morning, Paul Erickson, the bassist in the Minneapolis band Hammerhead, who had spent the night at the house, found her slumped over the side of the tub, kneeling in five inches of water. Police say they found "syringes and what appeared to be narcotic paraphernalia" in a purse on the bathroom floor, but were unable to determine the cause of her death.

"It was an accident," Hole drummer Patty Schemel told a Seattle newspaper afterward. "She loved life and this shouldn't have happened."

Courtney Love communicated her grief on online, where she had been engaging in an active discourse with fans, friends, and enemies for several weeks. "Pray for [Kurt] and Kristen," she wrote. "They hear it i know . . . . My friend has been robbed of her stellar life my baby has no dad . . . . Thank you for respecting the finest man who ever lived, that he loved a scum like me is testament enough to his empathy."

Suicide is not the answer. If you are ever considering harming yourself, remember, there is hope:

In the United States, contact the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or go to their website https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org

You can also contact the Crisis Text Line at 741741 or visiting https://www.crisistextline.org.

International suicide prevention resources: http://suicideprevention.wikia.com/wiki/International_Suicide_Prevention_Directory

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This is emotional, Drugs are a waste of time. They destroy your memory and your self-respect and everything that goes along with with your self-esteem. They're no good at all, i love cobain, continue to rest in peace cobain

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Actually, if you read the article, it sounds like drugs played a very minor role, if any, in his suicidal ideology.

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I read the article and drugs definitely played a huge role in it. He had just left rehab for drug addiction. His highs from performing no longer filed the empty hole so heroin became a substitute for it. He was a chronic junky and no doubt that played a part in his mental health.

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all in all, drugs and depression are closely tied. depression is the overall killer but opioids and heroin will surely not help out at all. Being a musician, I understand the scene (not in entirely) but most people I meet perform to get away from their problems.. also while on drugs. well hey, whatever helps. you only have one life. Do as you please

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I'm also a musician and have seen first hand deaths from addiction. It's a tale as old as time. I agree depression is the overall killer and I would like to add its because of the sensitivity to the world around them creative types feel the worlds depression more than most. However some make the mistake of thinking the depression belongs to them rather than seeing it as a symptom of a broken culture. Keep on rocking in the free world!

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Could not agree any more!

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Rest in piece curt cobain .awesome vocalist.
loved his all songs.Kurt Cobain.jpg

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i love this quote!

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A very truth!

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Thumbs up. Illegal drugs will surely ruin a person in the end.

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Wow, youre really smart.

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True. But the point you are missing here is "addiction"; which means total loss of control. That is above everything else. Once it gets a hold there is no going back. Kurt was in a spiral. His death was inevitable. Sad. I find it incredible a legend from my generation is a legend to generations decades on even though he was an out and out junkie. Drugs will never take that away from him. It was a honour to grow up in his shadow of greatness. Nirvana were/are one of the greatest bands ever. If you are young and missed it back in the day look them up...but avoid the drugs m'kay.

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yeah good advice. I think the next generation is really gonna see the negative effects of drug abuse, and I hope never start. I've seen entire communities destroyed by it. Addiction is a horrible affliction I never had a problem with it I hope neither does anyone else in my family.

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Addiction is barely a blip on the radar compared to the damage done by prohibition keeping these things illegal. We need legal taxed and regulated drugs so people aren't in prison for choosing to put something in their body so the drugs are safer and labeled properly. Repeated studies show that 90% of drug users across the board are moderate users who are only loosely habitual.

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Bulllshit I kicked!!!

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very emotional story book i love story

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Don't let emotion fool you guys, drugs have their place in society and if had drugs been what killed Cobain, the take away message should be we need to legalize tax and regulate these substances.

But here's the thing, drugs DIDN'T kill Cobain. The details in this story are actually not wholely accurate. The stool was NOT propped against the door, the guy that found him said so, the police on the scene said so. Watch "Soaked in Bleach", the details of this case all add up to one thing: someone made it look like a suicide, but they did a really bad job. The angle of the gun was simply impossible, the amount of heroin in his system was so great there's no possibility he could have handled a firearm afterwards. The suicide note was fake, in fact they matched pieces of the note to his own diary notes where it was clear someone had traced pieces of it together, and here's the kicker, Cobain's body was found a week after he was dead. The PI investigating his disappearence checked Courtney Love's house including her bed for evidence, the note she claimed to have found under her pillow was not there the night before body was found, meaning it wasn't put there by Kurt at all. Feel free to google around and fact check me, it's all verifiable. Kurt Cobain was murdered, by someone. Seeing as Courtney Love repeatedly lied about it, signs point to her.

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Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain...Where to start? Or did he FINISH that time he shot himself??? I really think that he was aiming to make better lives ($ wise) for his daughter Frances an wife Courtney Love. Thats all I have to say on the matter because he was a true legend, kind spirit, THE BEST front man and lead guitarist, Artist and from what I can only take from photos a GREAT father and Husband not to mention son. Thankyou

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He killed himself man...just listen to the lyrics the guy was singing ...ahem...Quote "I'm buried upto to my neck" "look on the bright side suicide" "married , buried" Thats all I need to know!!!

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Okay but when people bring lyrics like that up he always said it's just art. In fact months before he died people asked him flat out if he was suicidal and he said absolutely not, he just likes writing about dark material.

But put that aside and look at the facts. The amount of heroin in his system would make it physically impossible to handle a gun. The shell casing was on the wrong side. The room was not barricaded. The suicide note was 100% forged and Courtney Love lied about where and when she found it. Also, Kurt was planning to divorce her according to several friends. AND the PI who was hired to investigate his disappearence has endless logs of her showing no interest in the entire event beyond money. What would you say is the most likely conclusion?

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One more thing it reduces your selfworth.. I LOVE cobain

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as far as i know he had some mental illness too .. whatever happened doesn't matter to me ! i just love to hear him :) #RIP #Kurtcobain

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EXACTLY! Don't try to sell ME sentiment!!

I guess he should had felt really empty and bad about himself to take that decision...

As an overweight boy that was awkward around girls and with few friends, Nirvana was everything to me. Kurt’s Insistence on being himself and not fitting in with society really spoke to me. He told me it was not only ok to be different, it was something to be celebrated.

My only friend and I were growing our hair out and were making plans to see them play in the UK that year. I’d never been so excited or felt part of something before. I was going to be surrounded by people like me. People who accepted that I wore iron maiden t shirts instead of the latest trendy gear.

When my friend told me Kurt had killed him self, it left a hole in my life. They were at their peak, they were huge rock stars and their music was changing everything. I honestly didn’t know what to do. Of course, I got over it and found other misfits to look up to, but I’ve never stopped wondering what could have been.

As an adult, I can see how tortured the man was and how it could only ever have ended one way. As a person who has lost friends to suicide, I finally understand that nobody could have saved him and mourn the loss of not only one of the greatest musicians, but a tormented human being who’s own personal hell I can’t even imagine.

Nirvana unplugged is still, after all this time, one of the most beautifully pieces of music I have ever heard and it still makes me tingle.

RIP Kurt, may you find the peace in the next life that so alluded you in this one.

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brilliant post ,with a genuine personal touch cheers for sharing

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Thanks for taking the time to read it 😀

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bienvenido mucho exito

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i love story

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I have to agree with you on this one

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Totally agree @craim100! Kurt is an icon of music and the most important exponent of grounge!

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This is really amazing inspirational story.

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I totally agree.

Kurt Cobain was definitely one of the most promising musicians at the present time

BUT, i have missed one detail.

Kurt is (sadly) due to his early death also a member of Club 27

Club 27

...same like Amy Winehouse

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That's crazy there are so many people like that. I'm somewhat close to that age myself and I can't imagine feeling like suicide is an option.

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one of the most promising musicians at the present time

bullshit talk from brainless people. there are 6 billion people on earth and some have chances to be on tv.

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@enzo3785 @craim Brother and sister.... Listen Carefully !!
You need to increase your tolerance power ...we are in addicting age of internet smoking etc etc..so many addictions. we tend to get angry very easily.but this was not the case earlier... so one thing that can save us committing suicide is meditation

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Sorry I don’t get the link. I am eather aggressive or positively report about suicide. It‘s a tradegy what happens to KC

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LINK IS MEDITATION ....focus on peace you will get peace..god's son @enzo3785

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Meditation definitely helps, as does anything in the categories of mindfulness and self-care. Here, we're also talking about addiction. And suggesting "get into recovery" is not nearly as easy as actually getting someone into recovery (and them staying there).

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This story really made me emotional, Thanks for the post @neilstrauss

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This story really made me emotional, Thanks for the post @neilstrauss

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Its very sad story, but I have no hard feelings for people who suicide, it is a sin to take your own life and no matter how hard your life, only who gave you life can take it, not you.

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"teenage angst has paid off well now i'm bored and old."

Very good story

Those who have the most, usually end up being the unhappiest.

This was an excellent read. I grew up a 90s teen & Nirvana changed my musical life forever. The first 27 seconds of Love Buzz still make my brain instantly happy all these years later.

One of my biggest life regrets is declining an opportunity to see Nirvana play in Portland in 1992 or 93. Figured I'd be able to catch them the next time and did something lame instead & I'll forever be kicking my ass for that.

Without the internet back then, I had no idea about so much of this and no clue he'd had so many close calls with death. He was one of the first celebrities I remember crying over & feeling as if the world had lost something beautiful.

I love the part where he's quoted to have said "Where are my friends when I need them?" and "Why are my friends against me?" because it just sounds like him and on a different day could have been the seeds to excellent lyrics.

There sure hasn't been anyone quite like him since. Thanks for the eye-opening read and 90s nostalgia.

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Thanks, and great comment. I have similar regrets. Love what you wrote here: "He was one of the first celebrities I remember crying over & feeling as if the world had lost something beautiful." So true.

Great material! But unfortunately​ I think that we would never know the truth​. :(

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It's true. Things like this will be open to interpretation forever.

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I really loved him and his music <3 @olsm don't​ be mad ;)

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I don't really care if we ever know the truth. It is what it is and the music will live on regardless.

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For some people, ​this is an​ important thing.

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Nice insight. Yet, will we ever know the 'truth' ?

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nice post

Amazing

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very good

one the best story [Y]

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One of the best I've read @arsalanahmed!

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Wonderfull

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awesome story

I think about him all the time, Native in the Seattle area I saw Nirvana locally all the time, they would just pop up downtown at an unknown tiny little bar un-announced and jam with Pearl Jam or screaming trees. Those were the times. Thank you great read!!

Wow what an emotional read and ride. Really loved Nirvana and all there music. I feel like Nirvana was the last great original rock band. In saying that they weren't traditional at all, but there music was painfully honest and raw.

They made there music because that's how they felt. If you watch them live it's the same. Since Nirvana people wanted to be Nirvana, or wanted to look a certain way. But it really seems to me that Nirvana was Nirvana. A rare characteristic.

Neil, thank you for sharing the full story - to one of the most important cultural stories of our generation - with us here to read and learn from. I for one I'm so grateful and I know many others are as well.

That being said, despite being appreciative I just couldn't focus on the writing aspect I have to confess... But rather my mind kept focusing on the depression and addiction aspect.

What could've been done? Do we need better therapies? Are rehabs for everyone? Why do we fail to see how grave is the pain for certain people?

I'm sure I will read this a second time to appreciate it more, I know that. But for now thank you for sharing this impressive story with us.

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People need to learn how to deal with people with these kinds of thoughts. But, sadly, we also need to accept that if someone is determined to end their life, they will and there’s nothing we can do to stop it.

People seem to be overlooking the fact not everyone who is suicidal shows it. "Oh he didn't look suicidal." Great, then that solves everything!: Courtney Love must have done it. The train of thought behind these conspiracies is ludicrous. Also, Courtney Love is dumb. I love Hole's music, but Courtney Love is simply not smart enough to get away with planned murder. Accept it: Kurt killed himself. He was a junkie who had had depression for almost all his life, not to mention mental illness in his family history.Plus money, drugs, fame, etc and any person can be driven to the brink. IMO

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I heard and interview once with Love's father in which he claimed that she was very bright and had measured a high IQ at some point in her childhood. Don't mistake silly behavior for stupidity. It doesn't mean she killed him, but she's no dummy. Otherwise agreed. Even the seemingly best and strongest people can surprise you with a suicide. Sometimes there's just so much pain that it breaks them.

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Of course he had a very dark internal life. I would argue that it did show. I think he faced it head on in a confident way, and that worked most the time, but all it takes is a prolonged lapse in confidence to give into the darkness. I think it was clear he had some depression.

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I agree.
Sometimes, we place the people we like on a high pedestal, and say thing like "nah, he wouldn't do such a thing". That's where we make the mistake..

Humans aren't linear, they posses varied emotions and inclinations. Some of these might be buried until something/someone triggers it.

I'm not saying Kurk Cobain killed himself. I'm simply saying anyone is capable of anything given the right motivation

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I agree with both. I have become more and more annoyed with all the "We never would have thought" comments or the "Can't be, he/she was such a funny person" comments over the last years after someone had commited suicide. In my view and experience, it's not necessarily about people on a pedestal, but about not looking "behind the scenes", and more, not wanting to do that. I understand and I know that this is hard to do, it's hard to pose tough questions for many reasons, one of the reasons might be that you could get tough answers, and not everybody can handle this (neither the person who is asked, nor person who has to deal with the answer). And to be clear: Even if you do this, if you have really deep and also hurtful conversations, ask tough questions and go through tough answers with someone, it doesn't mean that this other one won't harm him- or herself. That is, at last, out of your hands. But at least people wouldn't remain on the surface.

And finally related to this specific story: I do remember the moment in which I heard about Kurt Cobain's suicide very well. I was 20, I had my own TV (yep, not everyone had that back then) and MTV or rather VIVA (sort of the German version of MTV) was on. And at some point during the program they inserted a newsflash at the bottom, I remember it started with "Sad news", followed by "Kurt Cobain is said to have killed himself" and the standard "more as soon as we know". My first reaction was shouting out "No." But it didn't shout "no" because I wouldn't couldn't believe it, but because I just didn't want a world without him at that point. That being said, I wasn't surprised at all about the news, I could relate, but I guess that's where also my own story comes into play. I'm actually working on telling more about that, with the thought in mind that it might help others only to understand only a tiny bit that people think, feel and experience in very different ways and that it is (I think) important to at least be aware of that.

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nice book story

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story is good

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He's just a junkie. Those are the words that enabled bad cops to not do that detective work that was necessary to find the killer back then and still today. Hes a junkie. It's so typical. It had to happen eventually, etc.

Meanwhile, here are the facts. The door was not barricaded. The shell casing was on the wrong side of the gun. The gun was at an impossible angle. The heroin in his system was so great that handling a gun would be impossible. The former Seattle police chief ADMITTED they botched the case and that it should be reopened. The suicide note was found to have entire pieces traced from Cobain's own notes, AND Love claimed the suicide note was found under her pillow the day Cobain died even though her PI checked under her pillow the night before, found nothing and Cobain had been dead for a week already. Furthermore, Cobain leading up to this event had appeared to many to be more or less getting his life together, and had planned to divorce Love according to several reports from close friends. That means she stood to lose a lot of money and fame. Watched Soaked in Bleach, the things she said to the PI expose what she was really worried about when Kurt went missing.

How about the new evidence in "Soaked In Bleach"?

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This article is incredibly well written and a wonderful read. I think it may need updating based on the troves of new information available on Kurt's death. If you watch Soaked In Bleach it is hard not to have a different perspective on his death.

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Thank you for being one of the few people who brought this up. Cobain's death was NOT open shut suicide. Soaked in Bleach provides convincing evidence of that fact.

One of the best singers of the genre ¨grunge¨, my inspiration and my influence since I am a musician and I have a band of ROCK and Nirvana was our impulse to continue with the genre. Following his steps one day we will be heard, it has become a little more difficult for the situation in my country. I am from Venezuela! I make this post.

Uno de los mejores cantantes del genero ¨grunge¨, mi inspiración y mi influencia ya que soy musico y tengo una banda de ROCK y Nirvana fue nuestro impulso a seguir con el género. Siguiendo sus pasos algún día llegaremos a ser escuchados, se nos ha hecho un poco más difícil por la situacion en mi pais. Soy de Venezuela! Me facino este post.

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Manoooooooooooooooo somos 2, aunque fue una gran influencia el grunge para nosotros, una gran influencia para mi e imagino que para ti tambien fue La banda Queen y the beatles, gracias a ellos cñ, Queen tenia canciones que te subian el animo, o te ponian feliz, y como olvidar las bandas que uno escuchaba de metal, que bueno, te ayudaban cuando tenias un estado de animo bajo y cuando escuchabas la musica era como si ella te entendiera, apoyo tu comentario mano, y VIVA Venezuela, No perdamos la Fe que podremos salir de la crisis que tenemos

Broo, although it was a great influence the grunge for us, a great influence was for me was i also imagine for you was the band "Queen" or "the beatles", thanks to them, queen had songs that makes you happy, and how to forget the bands that we used to hear of genre "Metal", was so freaking awesome, they helped me when i wasn't in a good mood, i felt like somebody could understand me, i loved this commentary, Pray for Venezuela, we can get out of the economic crisis

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Amen hermano de ésta saldremos viva Venezuela, y lastima que ya no exista música como la de antes.

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claro que existe mano, todavia esta, no solo en recuerdo, sino en youtube claro ahahahah, pero podemos hacer eso nosotros, lo que el no puede hacer ahora vamos a hacerlo nosotros pero mejor para ser una mejor influencia haahahaha

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claro que saldremos bro no pierdas la fe, este año es decisivo

This is a very good read. I remember being about 6 years old when this happened and older brother and sister were shocked to hear that Kurt Cobain had died. Later as a teenager I was able to appreciate the simplicity yet depth that came from Nirvana's unique sound that time. Much appreciation from me for writing this article.

Great Article. People often say that it is a act of cowardness and how it is possible that an artist commit suicide. Just like Chriss Cornel and many other great musicians who left us to soon. I think (including myself) people can't image what being famous can cause. The pressure it brings, the lack of privacy. Especially when you are 'just a musician' and all you want to do is make music. I think it is an tragical and sad thing..... You never can guess what goes around in the head of the other.... Again, great articel thank you.

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Exactly. Being famous or rich doesn't fix anyone's problems - it only amplifies them.

I think the story of Kurt's downfall and ultimately death is one of the most tragic in rock biographies. Long ago, somewhere I have read that Kurt said that nirvana for him means freedom from suffering, pain, and the external world, and that's pretty close to his Punk Rock definition. Nice words, but he ended badly...or maybe now he is finally really free from everything...

Sure, this might all be true.

OR: Kurt faked his death in the pattern of so many other famous rock stars and both the mainstream AND "conspiracy" stories are complete disinfo. Read this if you think I'm joking: http://mileswmathis.com/cobain.pdf

The investigation done by private investigators tells a very different story that looks a lot like murder. There was even a 'singer' who told a BBC documentary that Courtney love offered him money to kill Kurt. This man died a few days later on a train track.

Reading this article in its entirety has been quite challenging, emotionally. I was too young at the time to know anything about Kurt Cobain and I never really looked into the story later on. But now, even just reading about the events, I realize I can't even grasp the amount of pain someone can hide inside, I can't make peace with these things happening to people, in the world, around me. Even though I'm not easily impressionable, the story shook me a lot.

Thanks for sharing this article with us, Neil.

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So true. But there's something we can do, by helping to create a world that's physically and emotionally safe for others. Teaching awareness. Being good partners, parents, friends, mentors. So much more. @the-alien and I have an idea for turning the Steemit Book Club into the Steemit Growth Club, and starting that discussion here.

Such a sad ending to an amazing artist. He was raw talent. Someone who was born with the gift of music. His music leaves despite his early demise. May his soul rest in peace.

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Even if he was born with some sort of gift, I think he also earned it. His personality and experience in life shines through his music. He gave up everything to make his music. It was a great sacrifice.

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Oh yes..you are true. But I believe not everyone can do what he has done despite hardwork and struggle. It takes a whole lot of talent to do what he has done. He was truly gifted.

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I don't think he could have written the same songs he wrote without the experience that he had throughout his life. Talent only goes so far. The music has to be real and resonate with people. Like when he sang "Where did you sleep last night". The end of that song could make the hair stand up on my arm.

I think often times people are very talented at something and they never get anywhere with it. Plenty of people on YouTube are great guitar players, but they end up working some regular job. They just don't have anything to say with their talent.

I think Kurt's talent for song writing did help him out a lot, but if he never listened to bands like the Beatles and the Pixies then his song writing would have been different. Also, if he never had gone through many of his struggle's the music would not have came out the same either. Every moment in his life and in our makes a difference. He just left his mark very loudly. Much louder than you or I so far.

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"Where did you sleep last night" was a cover. So were many of his famous songs. So I know what I'm talking about.

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I know it is a cover. I never said it wasn't. I have been a Nirvana fan since the early 90's.

No reason to be argumentative. I never said you didn't know what you are talking about.

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You're contradicting my opinion and I am doing the same. Struggle always doesn't bring out the best in people. Talent does. And talking about his talent, wasn't he self taught? Do you know if he took formal classes in music? I bet not.
So what I'm saying is, there are a few gifted people who can do what he has done. Life experiences and all are shit if you don't have that natural gift of making something out of it. How many people in this world have had a bad childhood or broken families or stuff like that? Now tell me how many of them have been able to make music like that? Beatles sold millions of records, how many of their listeners became famous musicians?? So I still don't agree with your point of view.

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Oh and it isn't about who's right or who is wrong. Just different perspectives. No right and wrong here.

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You're both right here. Beautifully written.

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good music

Kurt Cobain died in his prime, one of the pillars of acoustic songs. I am a big fan of Nirvana and Kurt in particular, their music was in every household during the 90's. Their influence to music during that era resulted to many acoustic band in our country.

Whoh.. lots of comments on this post.
Kurt was my first teenage heartbreak when he passed. It really effected me. More than losing my aunt, more than losing my pets. I was devastated. Mostly because my pre-teen brain falsely bonded my identity with his. In my daydreams, I was him. In my deepest wishes, it was I who could have written that song or belted out that riff. It was me who was screaming out in pain over the speakers. There was a time where in my mind, I was him. And then I was dead. Separating those realities was really difficult for me.

Nice write up. Thumbs up !

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This is the drawing i did, few days after Cobain's death.

This is the one of the depressed one line, which he said before his death
“NOBODY DIES A VIRGIN, LIFE FUCKS US ALL.”
Life’s tough, No matter what, life seems perfect of anyone , life doesn’t favor anyone. so Don’t let the bad times get you down.

While Kurt's legacy lives on, one can't help but wonder if he were still around today, would he have attained the legendary status he has been elevated to today along with the rest of Nirvana, or would he have turned out to be like say, Axl Rose (no disrespect to him) whose pimary legacy i his outstanding early work with Guns n Roses in the 80s and 90s.

Amazing Story! I was a Nirvana fan when I was 11. My uncle used to have a Nirvana Nevermind CD and my favorite song is Smells Like Teen Spirit. We used to copy the music video.. and i used a tennis racket as a guitar.. Well, Rest in Peace, Kurt! Hope you find the Nirvana that you were looking for....

Thank you for this, extremely interesting and probably the most well written thing I have seen on Steemit.. I actually wrote a poem about the death of Kurt Cobain which is in my poetry book....

Never read about Kurt's untimely death before in such detail.
Thanks for taking the time out and type an informative article.

Kurt was a great talent and had much to give. 🎸

Make no mistake, Kurt was definitely a troubled guy and I think the environment he was in definitely did not help. I've always been deubious of Courtney Love and the role she played in Kurt's death, who knows if she was involved or not for sure, but the circumstances around his death have never sat right with me.

Even if Love didn't kill him directly, the fact she encouraged his drug use and was the closest person to him: definitely was a contributing factor to his violent and horrible end.

Either way you look at it, we lost Kurt too soon and I strongly believe that he would have gone on to do bigger and better things than Nirvana. That Michael Stipe and Kurt Cobain collaboration could have been game changing, such a shame they never got to make music with one another.

Great story, this was a well-written and emotional read. RIP Kurt.

wow- this took me awhile to get through, but I knew it would be worth it, and it was. What an interesting story- I had read and seen productions done on the story, and the events surrounding his death but never any as comprehensive as this. Beautiful work surrounding an unfortunate and strange story... lots to think about here. Thank you @neilstrauss

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Thanks for reading it, @dayleeo, and for the cool words.

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You're very welcome, @neilstrauss & thank you for your contributions to our awesome community!

While reading this smells like teen spirit song was running through my head. It is so emotional and heartbreaking to read, the news about Nirvana's KUrt CObain.
Apart from this, Suicide is a very delicate topic, strangely humans are only species who attempt suicide.
Depression is real, My favorite singer Chester Bennington also commit suicide last year, truly it is real.
I wish I could do someting to prevent such things.

It is really sad to hear these kind of stories, the thing is that we should never judge people that have decided to go this way as we will never know what was certainly going through their heads at that time. The sure thing is that suicide is not the answer, if you're thinking about suicide remember there is always, listen to me: always, someone who cares about you out there and you are for sure a beloved son of God. Don't stay alone, talk to someone about it, Seek Help. Blessings.

Maybe we shouldn't try to kick all of our bad habits after all. We all need to do something that keeps us happy. For me it's writing code and walking barefoot on the beach. Not bad habits but will probably be illegal some day. They were charged with "possession of a syringe!" Ridiculous.

I still listen to his songs....."Come as you're" is my all time favourite.....The Legend will always be missed ...The person who completes suicide, dies once. Those left behind die a thousand deaths, trying to relive those terrible moments . RIP

Kurt has been a big inspiration for me, reading his diaries and listening to his songs showed to me a totally new way to create music.
Love

What a post @neilstrauss!

Ever since I was in high school, this one has haunted me. I remember the day well, I was a high school student in Sugar Land, TX at the time. (A rash of suicides arose at my high school around the time this happened.)

I remember when this happened. I was just going into high school and had a hard time understanding how anyone who had everything could be do sad. Now i am an adult and i get it now. Mix that with a crazy drug cocktail and you loose youself.

This was an absolutely fantastic write up. I grew up on nirvana and still to this day play IN UTERO on a regular basis. Very sad what happened to Curt...

Wow reading about Kurt and trials gets me every time. Would be great if he overcome and was still producing music. Just imagine Kurt and REM in full flight, wow....

Thank you for this great story, it brings me back into my teenager memories, Curt Cobain died when I was in high school.

Thank you for the good read.

Not bad!

Wow, so much info! Thanks for sharing!

I share the same birthday and middle name.
Feb 20th and Donald.
His death was A SAD DAY!

This brings back a lot of sad memories for me, and I couldn't finish your article. Kurt was a contemporary of mine. He made it, I didn't. I saw him slide into a different world from what he wanted, and nothing could stop it. Sadly we lost him. RIP buddy.

Such a sad story about a very talented young man. I loved Nirvana as a kid, and still listen to their music now. Love the Unplugged in New York album. I always felt like the way the set was done, with all the candles, etc, was a foreshadowing to Kurt’s suicude. Wish he was still with us so we had more great music to listen to. Thanks for posting.

I've listened to Nirvana since I was about 13 but never thought about looking into Kurt's death before, it was a fascinating read! Thanks a lot for taking the time to write it all out for me to stumble upon :D I really enjoyed it =]

A story that deserves to be on the trending page, but so very heart wrenching. Kurt, and all the alienated teenagers feel/felt the world we live in.

Wonderfully done! I resteemed your post!
It’s very engaging and I loved how you told the WHOLE story from every perspective.

RIP KURT COBAIN.

I remember when he sang his songs and wore shirts like Cobain's. a very special time of my life. Thank you @neilstrauss

Wow. mind blowing. thank you for that.
I have spent a good year of my teenage mourning Cobain.

This is so emotional :(
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REST IN PEACE !!! KURT COBAIN THE LEGEND

Fantastic article, thank you Neil! A very interesting read about such a tragic story. Kurt Cobain was a truly talented man, I always wonder what he would have thought about the world in 2018. We'll never know.

Cheers!

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I think we have an idea though of what he'd be supporting right now and what he wouldn't...he was ahead of his time.

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True! Have a great day Neil. I look forward to seeing your upcoming posts in 2018.

Even though I was not a huge fan of his music ,here in the U.K I remember (in the pub I worked) it seemed literally everyone was talking about this news ,perhaps because of the individual character he was.

Indeed we may never know the truth about Kurt. If it was suicide or something else. I tend to think it was suicide. I think of the old Alice in Chains song Black gives way to Blue and the story behind it. But we may never know unless we would wish to communicate with his spirit. If that's even possible. Thank you for such a thorough and complete article that was well written.

Incredible post. I still vividly remember finding out about Cobain's death and being absolutely gutted. Such a tragedy.

@neilstrauss what an amazing read my friend! I never listened to any of his music and remember hearing about it however after reading this I was able to better understand the story and him and the story behind the whole buildup! You've got my upvote and my follow, looking forward to your other write ups as well!

Gracias @neilstrauss
es un post muy completo, bien investigado y deja clara algunas cosas, así como abre nuevas interrogantes acerca de su vida y muerte.
Kurt Cobain fue un gran cantante, lastima su perdida....

Very emotional story, mental illness is so real and it needs to be addressed more often. Great post. Love Kurt and what he left for us all.

Many of us have no idea the build up of stress, fatigue, frustration and overwhelming pressure that comes from stardom especially when success came quite early. This is sad.

I tend to compare him with Sid Vicious, but Sid was more hardcore, he said he didn't care about life for anything else than fun, he wanted to live the life he wanted, and knew he would die before getting 25. Still I respect him a lot, he's one of my best musical idols. They are the total opposite of nowadays' hypocrite people we find in the musical world. Of course you should not do drugs, but this is something people can use if they want to give themselves a boost in order to accomplish some things. It's the moment you become addictive for it to replace a hole inside your life that it becomes dangerous. That's my view. Taking MDMA once every blue moon because you need to stay up all night to finish some work or to stay dancing all night in a rave party never killed anyone, you just have to take it responsibly and know your limits well, unfortunately many people don't know that. Money should be spent into getting people educated about this instead of sending them to jail.

I play Jazz, but I have been really influenced by this guy. Damn, good post.

This crypto recession makes me want to take some Lithium!! Ha. In all seriousness...

Kurdt was definitely one of my idols growing up in middle/high school... I don't really listen to his music anymore, but anytime I hear his vocals it touches my soul. I can feel him spiritually. A true genius in his own right.

What a sad time this was, another icon gone way too soon.

Wow. What a heart wrenching story. Kurt was, and still is an icon. He didn't have to live very long for his music to carry on forever. I hope Courtney and Frances found it in their hearts to forgive him. Life is tough.

Amazing !! I always wanted to know more about Kurt's death. It was an icon of music and it marked a part of my young years

Great read, this hits home. I have had a lot of people from my family go through this very thing, and thankfully some are still here today. His music helps people that go through certain things in their lives. An I must say, luckily my sister is still here today with the help of his music!

He is one of my all time singers! Thank you for the story I wasn't aware of all the details. His addiction had a hold on him that's to sad but he will forever live in our hearts!

This is a fabulous story about the cobain
Thinks for this info. OR this is very emotional story my dear ...
God always take good guys

very interesting this article about Kurt Cobain, a great loss for everyone and for the musical culture, he had more to leave musically, his songs are great with that tough force and at the same time so tenuous and disguised, goodbye Kurt, I liked this article very much thanks for uploading, I will follow you and I hope you support me, greetings

This story is so sad. It amazes me how his memory though is kept alive today. THANK YOU SO MUCH for adding the suicide prevention and crisis hotline at the end. It just goes to show we never really know what battles people are facing. Thank you so much for sharing this.

TRULY AMAZING POST Kurt reminds me of the music of my junior high school . I still to this rock out to "Smells like teen spirit"... classic... Remember his mtv unplugged?? I think that was the first unplug I watched. The news of his suicide was shocking... there was so much speculation... 26297048_187741151814827_1071104310353330176_n.jpg

It's a very sad truth, he wants to be great when he left the world... Now, who doesn't want to be great when they die?! What a loss. Sad. I might sleep as well. Sigh, how is his daugther now?

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His daughter is amazing. Coolest person ever. You can follow her on Twitter at @The_SpaceWitch, great feed.

Very well done! probably the most detailed and insightful account of what happened out there.

Holy shit! This made me feel empty and sad. The topic and your writing really was vivid and hit its mark. It was heart breaking to read. If you or anyone you know are going through depression hell, this is a good look into their own barren wasteland. It can become overwhelming, but know, "All Things Must Pass -George Harrison"

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My favorite isn't technically a Nirvana song, that cover of Leadbelly's "Where Did You Sleep Last Night" on MTV Unplugged.