Law enforcement in the US is no stranger to, well, doing strange things, and Seattle police have kept up the tradition by releasing images of the shotgun Kurt Cobain used to kill himself over two decades ago.
Seattle cold case officer Detective Mike Ciesynski is pictured holding the Nirvana singer’s gun at different angles in a startling series of five images posted to the police department’s website this week.
The photos were taken in June 2015, added to the city of Seattle’s computer system on March 3, and since then have been added to the investigative file. Authorities haven’t specified why they took the new images.
Cobain’s body was found in Seattle on April 8, 1994, and an investigation at the time determined that the singer had gone into the greenhouse of his large home and taken a large dose of heroin. He then shot himself with the 20-gauge shotgun and his death was ruled a suicide.
However, mystery and conspiracy theories over whether Cobain’s death was really a suicide has surrounded the case ever since, with the cause recently receiving more publicity with the release of Soaked In Bleach, a documentary delving into numerous theories from the time.
On the 20th anniversary of Cobain’s death in 2014, the officer pictured with the gun, Mike Ciesynski reviewed the case files and said he found no new information to change the police conclusion that Cobain took his own life.
Cobain’s Nirvana bandmates Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic have also dismissed theories that the singer’s death was anything except suicide.
Cobain, who was 27 at the time of his death, suffered from stomach pains throughout his life and initially took drugs to combat his ailment.
As well as Nirvana’s albums Bleach, Nevermind and In Utero, a solo album of Cobain’s demos, Montage Of Heck, was released in 2015 to coincide with another documentary about the singer’s life.
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