Sunday, May 4, 2014

Kurt Cobain biographer reveals source of death-scene wallet note

Kurt Cobain biographer Charles R. Cross has come forward to reveal the source of the note found in the Nirvana frontman’s wallet at the scene of his death 20 years ago and released last week by Seattle Police.

The Associated Press (via Billboard) reports the Seattle author says Cobain’s widow, Courtney Love, emailed him to say that she wrote the note and that she gave it to Cobain before their wedding in 1991.

“Do you Kurt Cobain take Courtney Michelle Love to be your lawful shredded wife,” read the wrote, “even when she’s a bitch with zits and siphoning all yr money for doping and whoring…”

The undated note is written on stationery from the Phoenix Hotel outside of San Francisco.

It received a lot of media attention last week after CBS News published it, saying it was presumably written by Cobain and that it was sure to stoke questions about what role his marriage played in his death.

Cross says the couple often wrote each other such sarcastic notes, and the handwriting is Love's.

Cobain died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his Seattle home on April 5, 1994; his body was discovered three days later by an electrician who had arrived to do some work on the property.

Seattle police recently reviewed the closed case due to heightened interest surrounding the 20th anniversary, and confirmed that the case - ruled a suicide in 1994 - will remain shut.

On April 10, Nirvana were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe; other honorees included KISS, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Cat Stevens, Linda Ronstadt, and The E Street Band.

See also:

Kurt Cobain death-scene note released by Seattle police
Nirvana bassist comments on Rock Hall induction
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