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Kurt Cobain’s Death Reviewed by Seattle Police, Never-Before-Shown Photo Revealed

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The death of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain is being reviewed by Seattle police 20 years after the musician’s death, and KIRO 7 Eyewitness News has unveiled a photo from the death scene that’s never before been made public (see below).

On April 5, 1994, Kurt Cobain’s death shocked the world, the singer apparently committing suicide via gunshot after injecting a lethal amount of heroin. There are conspiracists who believe Cobain’s wife, Courtney Love, had something to do with the grunge legend’s death, but those suspicions are not the reason why Cobain’s case is being re-examined.

According to KIRO 7, in February of this year, Seattle police developed four rolls of film that had been sitting in their vault for 20 years. Under “high security,” the 35mm film was developed at the King County Sheriff’s Office photo lab. The images reportedly show a clearer view than previous photos of the scene, but the police do not plan on making the new photographs available to the public.

However, KIRO has obtained a photo of a heroin kit that was found next to Cobain’s body at the death scene and posted it to its Twitter page. See the image below:

In addition, KIRO has posted a new interview with Detective Mike Ciesynski (watch below) in which he explains why the police department only recently developed new crime scene photos.

“I was requested to look at the case because I’m a cold case detective because it is 20 years later and it’s a high media case,” said Detective Ciesynski. “And there were always these conspiracy theorists out there and so I was asked to look at the case and review it.”

He goes on to explain that the investigation originally relied on Polaroid photos and that investigators didn’t feel it necessary to develop the 35mm film. But in reviewing the case this year they wanted to get a better look at the crime scene to confirm that the death was indeed a suicide. The detective adds that there is no evidence to suggest Cobain didn’t take his own life.

That all said, Seattle Police have made it clear that they are simply reviewing the case, not re-opening it:

Cobain’s body was first found by electrician Gary Smith. “I noticed something on the floor and I thought it was a mannequin,” Smith told KIRO 7 in 1994. “So I looked a little closer and geez, that’s a person. I looked a little closer and I could see blood and an ear and a weapon laying on his chest.”

For those in the Seattle area, tune in to KIRO 7  at 9:30PM tonight for the full story, as mentioned in the Tweet below:

We will update this story with any further developments as they happen.

Watch KIRO 7’s Raw Interview With Detective Mike Ciesynski

Mobile users, click here to watch the KIRO 7 interview.

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