Following a public request by CBS News, the Seattle Police Department has released a letter found in late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain‘s wallet at the time of his death. The note, written on paper from San Francisco’s Phoenix Hotel, attacks Hole singer and Cobain’s then-wife Courtney Love.
The note reads,
“Do you Kurt Cobain take Courtney Michelle Love to be your lawful shredded wife even when she’s a bitch with zits and siphoning all yr money for doping and whoring…”
Harsh. According to Mashable, the note’s timing could have been written around New Year’s Eve 1993 when Nirvana played at the Oakland Coliseum, potentially with Love there since “Hole had wrapped its ’93 tour dates a month before, so it’s at least plausible that Love was in San Francisco with him.” So was this a cruel message from one pissed off spouse to another, or was it some inside joke none of us are getting because we weren’t there and we are not either of them? After all, it’s not like Love seems to consider the term “whore” an insult given how affectionately she recalled Karl Lagerfeld calling her “the 26-year-old perfect rockstar whore” last year.
This will undoubtedly fuel some serious conspiracy theories, as anything relating to deceased and controversial people do, but the fact of the matter is that we will likely never have a universally accepted answer on what happened to Kurt Cobain when he died. The Internet is currently flooded with tons of headlines talking about how Kurt “mocks,” “accuses”, “brands” and “disses” Love, leading to an increase in cries for her arrest and prosecution. Despite police consistently saying it was a suicide that killed Cobain, there will always be dissenters. Apparently, even Courtney’s estranged father is getting in on the action by telling Radar Online that he guarantees she was involved:
“No doubt she was capable. I can’t prove she pulled the trigger, but I can prove her involvement to a high degree of certainty.”
It’s also the 20-year anniversary of his death, so that was undoubtedly going to dredge up as many theories as years that have passed. In anticipation of this, the police re-examined evidence in the case in order to deter all the incoming attention and hypotheses. According to CBS, they re-confirmed that Cobain died at his own hand.
The SPD review confirmed the King County Medical Examiner’s original determination that Cobain’s death was a suicide, concluding that he used a shotgun to shoot himself after taking what would have otherwise been a lethal dose of heroin.
What is more important than theorizing how Cobain felt about his ex-wife is the ever-relevant fact that addiction and depression are both very, very serious issues. They were a problem 20 years ago and they are still a profoundly significant problem all over the world. If we acknowledge this and focus our attention on them rather than 50 shades of conspiracy theories, then perhaps we might actually make some progress in helping those who are suffering right now.