Love wants Cobain death-scene photos kept sealed

The China Post - - ARTS -

Kurt Cobain’s widow and daugh­ter are urg­ing a Seat­tle judge not to re­lease death-scene photos and records that a law­suit claims will prove the Nir­vana front­man was mur­dered more than 20 years ago.

Su­pe­rior Court Judge Theresa Doyle is set to hear ar­gu­ments Fri­day over whether to pro­ceed with a trial af­ter Richard Lee, who runs a Seat­tle public ac­cess TV show, sued the city and the Seat­tle Po­lice Depart­ment for the ma­te­rial he says will show Cobain didn’t die of a self-in­flicted gun­shot wound in 1994, The Seat­tle Times said in a re­port.

The city is ar­gu­ing that the ma­te­rial should stay sealed for the sake of the fam­ily’s pri­vacy. Cobain’s widow, rocker and ac­tress Court­ney Love, and their daugh­ter have writ­ten to the court about the phys­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal im­pact that the re­lease of the graphic photos would have on their lives.

“I have had to cope with many per­sonal is­sues be­cause of my fa­ther’s death. Cop­ing with even the pos­si­bil­ity that those pho­to­graphs could be made public is very dif­fi­cult,” Frances Bean Cobain wrote. “Fur­ther sen­sa­tion­al­iz­ing it through the re­lease of these pic­tures would cause us in­de­scrib­able pain.”

She wrote that she al­ready faces ha­rass­ment from fans “ob­sessed” with her fa­ther and fears that could get worse.

One fan broke into her Cal­i­for­nia home and waited three days for her to re­turn from va­ca­tion be­cause he “be­lieved my fa­ther’s soul had en­tered my body,” Frances Bean Cobain wrote in her dec­la­ra­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to their state­ments, nei­ther woman has seen the photos of Cobain’s body.

In 1995, Love got court per­mis­sion to keep Cobain’s sui­cide note, and another note used for hand­writ­ing anal­y­sis, out of the public eye.

Seat­tle po­lice did re­lease two pre- vi­ously un­seen im­ages from sui­cide scene last year. One showed a box con­tain­ing drug para­pher­na­lia, a spoon and what look like nee­dles on the floor next to half a cig­a­rette and sun­glasses. The other showed the para­pher­na­lia box closed, next to cash, a cig­a­rette pack and a wal­let that ap­peared to show Cobain’s iden­ti­fi­ca­tion.


In this Sept. 2, 1993 file photo, Nir­vana band mem­bers, from left, Chris Novoselic, Dave Grohl and Kurt Cobain pose with an uniden­ti­fied man, right, af­ter re­ceiv­ing an award for best al­ter­na­tive video for “In Bloom” at the 10th an­nual MTV Video Mu­sic Awards in Uni­ver­sal City, Cal­i­for­nia.

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