Seattle Post-Intelligencer Publishes Never-Before-Seen Photos from the Kurt Cobain Suicide Scene

Friday, April 5th, 2013
Photo: Mike Urban/Copyright MOHAI, Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection

Photo taken April 8, 1994 by Mike Urban/Copyright MOHAI, Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection

Today, on the 19th anniversary of Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain‘s death, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer has made what is a fairly controversial decision: it is publishing more than 50 never-before-seen photographs from the Kurt Cobain suicide scene and its aftermath.

Cobain, who died on April 5, 1994, was discovered three days later by an electrician who was servicing the greenhouse above Cobain’s garage. The photos, which will surely bring back strong emotions by many, are (according to the PI) “not presented for shock value, but rather as historical images from the P-I archive preserved at MOHAI [Museum of History and Industry]. The newspaper also states that “some of these photos could be disturbing to some readers.”

Most of the photos are taken by Mike Urban, who was in a yard of a home behind the greenhouse where Cobain died, and Phil Webber, who was by the front of the house.

Several images are below; click here to see the entire slideshow.

Photo: Mike Urban/Copyright MOHAI, Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection

The greenhouse above the garage where Kurt Cobain’s body was found was demolished in 1998, four years after his death. Photograph taken April 8, 1994 by Mike Urban/Copyright MOHAI, Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection

Photo: Mike Urban/Copyright MOHAI, Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection

Investigators look for photographers at the scene where Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain was found dead, April 8, 1994. Photo: Mike Urban/Copyright MOHAI, Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection

Photo: Mike Urban/Copyright MOHAI, Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection

A staff member from the King County Medical Examiner’s office enters the area where Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain was found dead, April 8, 1994. Photo: Mike Urban/Copyright MOHAI, Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection

Click here for the rest of the photographs.

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