Kurt Cobain Biography

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was it suicide?
the note
Kurt Cobain is legally recognized to have committed suicide
there are unanswered questions within the Seattle Police Department's report
their investigative approach suggests Cobain may have been murdered

Richard Lee was the first to publicly object to the suicide Lee hosted a Seattle public access show on cable the ongoing documentary was called "Kurt Cobain Was Murdered"
he noted several discrepancies in the police reports: several changes in the nature of the shotgun blast, there was an absence of blood for a "point-blank shotgun blast to the head"
pathology experts have noted that a shotgun blast, inside the mouth often results in less blood, unlike a shotgun blast to the head [Halperin, Ian & Wallace, Max - Who Killed Kurt Cobain?] Lee's TV series focused on general issues regarding the SPD
Tom Grant, the private investigator was employed by Courtney Love she retained his services after Cobain's disappearance from rehab Grant believes that Cobain's death was a homicide Grant cites from an article in the April 14, 1994, Seattle Post-Intelligencer: from the official toxicology report, "the level of heroin in Cobain's bloodstream was 1.52 milligrams per liter" [Merritt, Mike & Maier, Scott - "Cobain Lay Dead for 3 Days", Seattle Post-Intelligencer]
Grant cites the figure as the key piece of evidence for murder Grant argues that Cobain could not have injected himself with such a dose he would not have been able to pull the trigger an assertion supported by several notable experts on heroin addiction [Halperin, Ian & Wallace, Max - Who Killed Kurt Cobain?]
Grant does not believe that Cobain was killed by the heroin dose he suggests that it was used to incapacitate Cobain, before the final shotgun blast was administered by the perpetrator critics note it's difficult to determine how much heroin an addict can tolerate
Grant believes the suicide note is announcing Cobain's intent to leave: Love, Seattle, and the music business handwriting experts say the final lines of the note, that most sound like a suicide note, are written in a style that varies from the rest of the letter the official report simply concludes that Cobain wrote the note
Grant says Cobain's arm would have been too short for him to reach the trigger Cobain would have had to fire the weapon with his toe, yet he was found with both shoes still in place
critics dismiss Grant's assertions they claim that many of them are unproven hypotheses based on unconfirmable information critics also see Grant as an opportunist they point out that he sells "kits" about the alleged conspiracy
the kits are called "Case Study Manuals" on Grant's website Grant counters that any profit from the kits is to offset the costs of his investigation Grant said, "I wrestled with that...but if I go broke", "I'll have to give up my pursuit and Courtney wins." [Halperin, Ian & Wallace, Max - Who Killed Kurt Cobain?]
Kurt's cause of death is the subject of film in 1998: Nick Broomfield's documentary, "Kurt & Courtney" Filmmaker Nick Broomfield decided to investigate the story for himself
he took a film crew to visit a number of people associated with Cobain and Love the list includes: Love's father, Cobain's aunt, and one of the couple's former nannies
most notably, Broomfield spoke to Mentors bandleader El Duce El Duce claimed that Love had offered him $50,000 to kill Cobain he passed a polygraph administered by Dr. Edward Gelb Broomfield inadvertently captured El Duce's last interview, who died only days later Broomfield thought there was not enough evidence to prove a conspiracy
Journalists Ian Halperin and Max Wallace investigated the conspiracy themselves the 1999 book "Who Killed Kurt Cobain?" drew a similar conclusion to Broomfield's film there is more than enough evidence to demand the case be reopened a notable element of the book includes their discussions with Grant
Grant taped nearly every conversation he had in Love's company Grant played some of the tapes for the journalists to prove his claims Halperin and Wallace later collaborated with Grant to write a second book in 2004 "Love and Death: The Murder of Kurt Cobain", claims to prove that Cobain was murdered
After Cobain's death, Love insisted Cobain's overdose in Rome was a suicide attempt several people contested this Dr. Osvaldo Galletta, who treated Cobain, told Newsday, "After [Cobain] woke up, he told me it was an accident" "He said he had been confused" "He had taken pharmaceuticals and alcohol together" "He said it was just a mistake" [Henican, Ellis - "Doctor Saw Cobain's Suicide Coming", Newsday]
Galletta explained to Halperin and Wallace, "We can usually tell a suicide attempt" "This didn't look like one to me" Galletta denied Love's claim that 50 Rohypnol pills were removed from Cobain's stomach [Halperin, Ian & Wallace, Max - Who Killed Kurt Cobain?]
others still believe there is conclusive proof of suicide from: persistent drug addiction, clinical depression, and the handwritten suicide note members of Cobain's family also noted a history of depression and suicide in the family it is notable that Grohl and Novoselic have remained silent in the matter
recently, Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon was interviewed by UNCUT magazine regarding Cobain's death when asked for a motive to commit suicide, Gordon answered, "I don't even know that he killed himself" "There are people close to him who don't think that he did" when asked if she thought someone else had killed him, Gordon answered, "I do, yes" Gordon is one of few friends to declare, on the record, that Cobain was murdered [Dalton, Stephen - "Suicide Blond", Uncut Magazine]
2001, Writer Charles R. Cross published a biography of Cobain titled "Heavier Than Heaven" Cross contacted many of Cobain's friends and family he received a significant amount of input from Love the book is possibly the most detailed account of Cobain's life on record it is arguably the "definitive" Cobain biography but neither Dave Grohl nor Cobain's mother contributed to the book
many criticized Cross for including anything and everything related to Cobain including details that were inaccurate: "On the Mountain" is not the first working title of "You Know You're Right" Grohl had introduced the song as "All Apologies" "You Know You're Right" wasn't on the written setlist that night in a 1993 live recording Cross also included an "artist's rendering" of Cobain's final days he claimed he learned enough about Cobain to guess his state of mind in his last week of life many felt his fictional insight in a non-fiction book was an insult to Cobain's memory
Cobain wrote in a journal often he left 22 notebooks filled with his writing when he died in November 2002, a sampling of these writings was published as journals
the book is 280 pages with a simple black cover the pages are arranged somewhat chronologically Cobain generally did not date his journals the pages are reproduced in color there is a section in the back that explains some of the illegible pages
his writings begin in the late 1980s this is around the time the band started they end in 1994 a paperback version of the book was released in 2003 it included a handful of writings not previously released
in the journals, Cobain talked about the ups and downs of life on the road he made lists of what music he was enjoying he often scribbled down lyric ideas for future reference fans were elated to be able to learn more about Cobain they were able to read his inner thoughts in his own words, but were disturbed by what was viewed as an invasion of his privacy [Hartwig, David - "Nirvana releases a hit and miss"]