Kurt Donald Cobain, born on the 20th of February 1967, was the lead singer and guitarist of the grunge band Nirvana. According to Dave Grohl, Kurt Cobain believed that “Music comes first, lyrics come second.” That is why their grunge acts are mostly known for their catchy riffs and distinct melodies. He was a rock icon, a legend. On the 8th of April 1994, He was found dead in his Lake Washington residence – a shotgun pointed at his chin.
Like the deaths of most young celebrities (he was aged 27 at the time of his death), different theories surrounded Kurt Cobain’s death. The Seattle Police Department at that time ruled his cause of death as suicide. According to their reports, Kurt Cobain’s death was caused by a single gunshot blast from a shotgun. The blast came from his jaw then exited through the top of his head. The suicide ruling was then supported by the shotgun across his body and a suicide note that was found nearby. Despite all this, Tom Grant, a private investigator hired by Courtney Love (Kurt Cobain’s wife), believes that Kurt Cobain’s death wasn’t a suicide – he was murdered.
Richard Lee, an independent journalist from Seattle, was one of the first to publicly object that Kurt Cobain’s death was a suicide. His theory was supported by the fact that there was a remarkable absence of blood at the scene. But according to experts, although a shotgun blast to the head does result in a massive amount of blood splatter, a blast to the mouth would have resulted in less blood splatter, and could explain the absence of blood on the site of Kurt Cobain’s death.
Of course, among all the conspiracy theories that surrounded Kurt Cobain’s death, Tom Grant’s was probably the one with the least amount of holes in it. There are several key components to Tom Grant’s claims. The most prominent one being Kurt Cobain’s heroine levels. According to the toxicology reports, at the time of Kurt Cobain’s death his bloodstream’s heroine levels were so high it would have been impossible for him to have the strength to pull the trigger.
Another key component was Kurt Cobain’s “mysterious” first suicide attempt in Rome. A few weeks prior to his death, Kurt Cobain was rushed to the hospital after an apparent drug overdose in Rome. Courtney Love claimed that 50 pills of Rohypnol were extracted from Cobain’s stomach. Dr. Osvaldo Galletta, who treated Cobain after the incident, specifically denied Love’s claim of a suicide attempt.
The most controversial theory however, was that of Nick Broomfield. His investigation led him to El Duce who claimed that Courtney Love had offered him $50,000 to kill Kurt Cobain. El Duce later passed a polygraph exam and claimed that he knew who killed Cobain, but denied to mention a name.
Without enough evidence, Kurt Cobain’s death still remains as an unsolved mystery. Kurt Cobain’s death certificate states his cause of death was a “contact perforating shotgun would to the head.” At least that part was proven scientifically true