Kurt Cobain may have committed suicide over 20 years ago, but the Nirvana frontman is still a major public figure and the fascination with his life and subsequent death is still strong. And while Courtney Love and Frances Bean Cobain understand that fascination, to a certain degree, they also believe there’s a limit to what should and should not be made public. In particular, they’re drawing the line at photos of Kurt’s dead body, as they believe it would cause them far too much pain and that the public should not be privy to such morbid, personal things.
From The AP:
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 reported.
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.
Neither Courtney nor Frances have apparently seen the photos, and that’s probably for the best. Some things just don’t need to be seen, do they?
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 previously 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.
Keep this sealed – no need to rehash something that was incredibly difficult for the people who knew and loved the guy.