Seattle Police Reexamine Kurt Cobain's Death

American singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain (1967 - 1994), performs with his group Nirvana at a taping of the television progra
American singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain (1967 - 1994), performs with his group Nirvana at a taping of the television program 'MTV Unplugged,' New York, New York, Novemeber 18, 1993. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)

Twenty years after Kurt Cobain's death, the Seattle Police Department has reexamined a point in the case. But talk of the investigation being reopened has proven false.

On April 8, 1994, Cobain was found dead in his Seattle home by an electrician. The rocker was 27 years old. The death was officially ruled a suicide; however, over the years, some have questioned if it was murder or if his wife, Courtney Love, was involved.

So, when CBS affiliate KIRO reported Thursday, March 20, that Seattle police were reexamining Cobain's death, Twitter began buzzing. The network claimed it exclusively learned that the King County Sheriff’s Office developed four rolls of 35 mm film depicting images from the scene that had been sitting in a Seattle evidence vault.

Despite the hoopla, the case on Cobain's death will not be reopened, Detective Renee Witt, a police spokeswoman, told The Washington Post Thursday afternoon. Witt explained a cold case detective was going through the case due to the upcoming anniversary and found the undeveloped film.

“No change, no developments, no new leads,” she said, adding that any claims about the case being reopened are “very, very incorrect."

Witt described the photos as “underwhelming" when speaking with the Seattle Times.

The Seattle PD also tweeted a clarification.

On the 10th anniversary of Cobain's death, NBC's Matt Lauer spoke with Patty Schemel, the drummer of Love's band, Hole, about the conspiracy theories surrounding Love and the late Nirvana frontman.

“People want to create someone to blame for what happened. And so they're pointing their finger at Courtney," she said. “You know that makes her even sadder. To, you know, have your husband die, commit suicide, and then people blame it on you? I don't know. People are brutal.”

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