The grunge rock hero died in Seattle at age 27 of a
self-inflicted gunshot to the head.
Seattle Police Detective Michael Ciesynski in recent months
began sorting through evidence from the investigation into
Cobain's death to familiarize himself with the case in
anticipation of next month's 20th anniversary of the incident
and the attention it is expected to draw.
Ciesynski found three or four rolls of film in an evidence vault
from the case and had them developed, said Detective Renee Witt,
spokeswoman for the Seattle Police Department.
The photos may show the scene from angles previously not seen,
and appear to be of better quality than some existing photos,
News of the discovery was first reported by KIRO 7 News, a
Seattle TV station. KIRO reported on its website that police had
"re-investigated" the case, a statement Witt said could give the
mistaken impression that the case has been reopened.
"There are no new developments, no new twists or turns in the
case," Witt said. "He came upon this film, and that's pretty
much it. It is still a suicide."
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The photos were taken by police investigating Cobain's death, Witt
said. It is not clear why they remained undeveloped for 20 years,
she said, though the original investigators may have regarded them
as redundant and unnecessary to develop.
Witt said the police department had released two of the photos to
the public. Neither photo shows Cobain, but instead reveals items
found at the scene, including a pair of sunglasses, a cigar box, a
hunting-style hat and a pack of cigarettes.
Cobain rose to fame as the lead singer and songwriter of Nirvana,
arguably the defining band of the grunge era that dominated rock
music, and much of popular culture, for several years in the 1990s.
Nirvana broke through to mainstream pop success with the smash hit
"Smells Like Teen Spirit," the first single from the band's second
album, "Nevermind," released in 1991.
(Editing by Dan Whitcomb, Gunna Dickson and Mohammad Zargham)
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