Kurt Cobain On April 9th the world woke up to the news of Kurt Cobain’s suicide. Those who followed the grundge music of Cobain’s band, Nirvana, were angry, but not surprised. With songs such as “I Hate Myself and Want to Die” and constant references to suicide and drugs, suicide was the obvious explanation for his death. Kurt put it best when he said, “I’m thought of as this pissy, complaining, freaked-out schizophrenic who wants to kill himself all the time.” (Bozza) To many people, Cobain just joined the club of rock stars who self-destructed. Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, and Brian Jones set the precedent. The Seattle Police Department confirmed the conclusion everyone had already made; Kurt Cobain committed suicide.
Sympathy was hard to find. After his death, Kurt was called a “worthless shred of human debris” by Rush Limbaugh. (Amirault). Even Cobain’s fans were not sympathetic to the pain Kurt suffered at all. They were mad. At his vigil, the crowd chanted “a**hole” because they thought of Kurt as a coward. (Jones) Cobain already had undergone a near-death experience in Rome earlier in the year that may or may not have been a suicide attempt in which Cobain digested nearly fifty pills called Rohypnol.
He also locked himself in a room with a .38 caliber pistol and said he was going to kill himself after a dispute. Kurt Cobain was also notorious for hating his fame. He was once quoted as saying, “I’d rather be dead than cool.” (Jones) Kurt Cobain also had stomach pains that sometimes caused him to vomit air because he could not even hold down water. Cobain’s marriage and band were both on the brink of breaking up. The pieces of the puzzle seem to fit together perfectly.
The suicide note, the pain, the history of Kurt Cobain, and the attitude everyone perceived Kurt possessed pointed to suicide. Neither Kurt Cobain’s character nor what he did previous to this incident is in question. It is true that Cobain was a heroin addict and times could be a malicious person. The question is whether Kurt Cobain committed suicide or not. It is extraordinarily simple to overlook the facts in this case and dismiss it as another rocker who couldn’t handle the spotlight, but as new evidence demonstrates Kurt Cobain not only didn’t commit suicide, but was not even able to.
In fact, his own wife, Courtney Love had him killed in order to capitalize on the spotlight Kurt Cobain’s death caused. To the public, Kurt Cobain appeared suicidal. To those who knew him, he didn’t. Kurt Cobain’s best friend said that Kurt was “not at all” suicidal. (Amirault) Another one of his friends, Mark Lanegan said, “I never knew Kurt to be suicidal.” (Amirault) Cobain’s former attorney, Rosemary Caroll, who believes Courtney Love had Kurt Cobain killed, does not believe Cobain was suicidal.
Even those who would know best if Cobain was suicidal or not, the expert therapists at Exodus Treatment Center where Kurt sojourned shortly before his death, did not consider him to be suicidal. The depressed attitude of someone who commits suicide did not fit the interview Kurt gave to Rolling Stone on January 27 of that same year. Cobain said “I still see stuff, descriptions of rock stars in some magazine- ‘Sting, the environmental guy’ and ‘Kurt Cobain, the whiny, complaining, neurotic, bitchy guy who hates everything, hates rock stardom, hates his life.’ And I’ve never been happier in my life.” As for the song, “I Hate Myself and I Want to Die” Cobain said, “Nothing more than a joke. It was totally satirical, making fun of ourselves.” The article also showed a side to Kurt Cobain that not many people got to see or knew about. He tells a story in the article about going to a nightclub and meeting some people there.
He invited them back to his hotel and gave them a place to stay and ordered them any food they wanted. Cobain also knew the end of Nirvana was inevitable and he was not worried about it. Courtney Love, on the other hand, was worried. Courtney Love had a lot to gain if Kurt Cobain died. She also had a lot to lose if he was still alive.
Shortly before his death, Cobain asked Rosemary Caroll to start the divorce papers. Cobain’s estate was worth about $30 million. Love had proved her obsession with money before when she yelled at Cobain publicly for not headlining the Lollapalooza tour for $9.5 million. With the prenuptial agreement Love would only have received $1 million plus child support. Courtney Love gained fame when Kurt Cobain died. Before Cobain’s death, a nanny claimed Love was obsessed with Cobain’s will.
The day after Cobain’s death, Courtney Love did an interview with MTV VJ, Tabita Soren. Love used the interview to promote her album that was scheduled to come out in stores shortly after Cobain’s death. The events surrounding Love helped her to win album of the year by Rolling Stone and Spin and also the Village Voice critics’ poll. Love also used the opportunity to launch a movie career, staring in “The People Vs. Larry Flynt.” She had arrived on the Hollywood scene.
Nothing would get in her way. This attitude and way of life is apparent throughout Courtney Love’s life. Courtney Love’s first husband, James Morland said, “If somebody pissed her off a lot, she would pay this guy she knew fifty or a hundred dollars to beat them up. It was pretty scary.” (Wallace) Nick Broomfield, who made a documentary on the death and life of Kurt Cobain considers Courtney Love more dangerous than any other person he has documented. Broomfield has done documentaries on serial killers. Broomfield includes in his documentary a death threat on the answering machine of writer Lynn Hirschberg of Vanity Fair. At the 1992 Academy Awards, Love attacked the journalist, using the Oscar won by Quentin Tarantino as a weapon. Kristen Pfaff, former bassist for Love’s group, Hole, died on June 15, 1994.
The connection between her death and Courtney Love are yet to be made and may not exist, but suspicious circumstances surround her death. She reportedly died of a heroin overdose. The report also claims she was addicted to the substance which her family vehemently denies. Detective Antonio Terry of the Seattle Narcotics Department also died an untimely death. He was the first officer of the Seattle Police Department to be murdered in nine years. This w …