The frontman of Nirvana, Kurt Cobain was found dead in his Seattle home on April 8, 1994, with a shotgun across his body, a visible head wound, and a suicide note nearby.

On April 14, 1994, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported that Cobain was “high on heroin when he pulled the trigger”. The paper said that the toxicological tests determined that the level of morphine in Cobain’s bloodstream was 1.52 milligrams per liter and that there was also evidence of valium in his blood.

The death of Kurt Cobain has since been a topic of public fascination and debate.

In 2019, the Washington State Court of Appeals ruled close-up photographs of Cobain’s dead body will not be released to the public.

The ruling came after Seattle journalist Richard Lee appealed the case’s dismissal. Lee has pursued the release of 55 photos in an attempt to prove Cobain did not die from suicide in 1994 but was murdered.

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