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Tags: Hollywood | kurt cobain | suicide | death | investigation

FBI Quietly Releases Kurt Cobain Files

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Nirvana performs live at The Roxy in Hollywood, California, on August 15, 1991. (Kevin Estrada/AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 11 May 2021 12:13 PM

The FBI has released files forming part of an investigation into the death of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. 

The musician was found dead on April 8, 1994. At the time it was determined that Cobain had gone into the greenhouse of his large home and taken a massive dose of heroin, then shot himself with a shotgun. However, letters, emails, and faxes contained in the documents that were released last month urged the FBI to look into suspicions that he was murdered. 

The correspondences, which were sent between 1997 and 2006 by authors whose names have been redacted, were based on media reports and documentaries. 

"Millions of fans around the world would like to see the inconsistencies surrounding the death cleared up once and for all," one email contained in the files read. 

The documents have been made available on the bureau’s Freedom of Information library online, The Vault. "It is sad to think that an injustice of this nature can be allowed in the United States," the email continued.

A fax sent to the FBI noted that a Los Angeles private investigator, Tom Grant, found a number of "inconsistencies" in the investigation. A letter meanwhile stated that Cobain had been killed.

"There has since been evidence found that he [Cobain] was killed and didn't commit suicide, as originally thought," the letter read, referring to the original investigation. "The police who took up the case were never very serious in investigating it as a murder but from the beginning insisted on it being a suicide. This bothers me because his killer is still out there now, because of the haste of the police department."

In response, the FBI explained that the investigation was out of its jurisdiction. 

"We appreciate your concern that Mr Cobain may have been a victim of a homicide," they wrote in reply. "However, most homicide/death investigations generally fall within the jurisdiction of state and local authorities ... Based on the information you provided, we are unable to identify any violation of federal law within the investigative jurisdiction of the FBI."

In the documents was also an enclosed letter from the U.S. Office of Congressional and Public Affairs, which was written in response to a letter sent to then-Attorney General Janet Reno, the U.K.'s Independent noted. 

"Your recent communication to Attorney General Janet Reno expressing your belief that Kurt Cobain was murdered has been referred to the FBI for reply," the bureau wrote. "Based on the limited information you provided, we are unable to justify any violation of federal law within the investigative jurisdiction of the FBI. We are, therefore, unable to take any investigative action in this case."

Since Cobain's death, there has been widespread speculation that he was murdered. In 2014, police launched a new investigation into his apparent suicide. Police spokeswoman Renee Witt said at the time that the review turned up nothing except some new, uneventful photos.

"There was nothing earth-shattering in any of these images," Witt said. 

"There's still a lot of interest in this case," she added. "The detective went into the case files to refresh himself. The outcome of the case has not changed."

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The FBI has released files forming part of an investigation into the death of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. The musician was found dead on April 8, 1994. At the time it was determined that Cobain had gone into the greenhouse...
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