musicNEWS: Fans Say Goodbye to Kurt Cobain Again – But Questions Still Linger

04-6-04 Keavin
Nirvana fans gathered together yesterday (April 5)  in a Seattle park to remember Kurt Cobain on the tenth anniversary of his death. Many came to light candles, leave flowers, listen to Cobain’s music and pay their respects to the 27-year-old frontman for Nirvana that many in the media labeled the John Lennon of “generation-X”. 

The vigil was held at Viretta Park near Cobain’s home in Seattle. Cobain died of a reported suicide on April 5, 1994. His body was discovered a few days later. 

During the three year’s Cobain and Nirvana spent in the spotlight, Cobain often appeared disillusioned with his fame. The band broke out in 1991 with the release of “Nevermind” and the single “Smells like Teen Spirit” became an anthem for young fans that were a bit disillusioned with the world they saw before them, which was in the middle of a recession and the beginning days of political correctness. A generation that the media wrote off as slackers and cynically dubbed “generation x”. Cobain gave voice to many of the generation and helped bring the “grunge” music movement to the forefront of popular music and culture. 

Cobain’s untimely death has been questioned by some. A new book called "Love and Death: The Murder of Kurt Cobain" raises some questions about whether Cobain took his own life or was murdered. The book points a suspicious finger at Cobain’s widow, Courtney Love, citing her behavior and statements around the time of Cobain’s death and a “second” suicide note that was never included in the investigation. While they do not out and out accuse her of murder, they lay the foundation for that accusation. 

The authors appear to make the case that the suicide was staged. They question why the shotgun did not have any legible fingerprints on it and contend that Cobain had too much heroin in his system to pull the trigger.  But many of these claims were reputed during a Dateline NBC story last Friday night including interviews with two medical examiners that said that Cobain could have had a high tolerance to heroin that would have enabled his to pull the trigger. The lack of fingerprints was explained away by experts that said they could have been smudged when the gun recoiled and handwriting experts stated that the suicide note was consistent with having been written by one person and that the handwriting matched samples of Cobain’s writing.  

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