What A Detective Found In Kurt Cobain’s Suicide Case Files After 25 Years


Late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain was regarded as one of the greatest vocalists in the history of rock music and he was undoubtedly one of the most significant figures in the rock and roll scene. Thanks to his angst-fueled songwriting that gave birth to many all-time favorite tracks such as ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit,’ ‘Come as You Are,’ ‘Heart-Shaped Box,’ and many more, Cobain is considered to be one of the most influential musicians to this day.

Despite his immense success with the band, Kurt Cobain was struggling with his mental health and it was a widely known fact that the musician was depressed, and combined with his addictions, his ending was inevitable. His wife, Courtney Love found Cobain after his first suicide attempt when he overdosed on a combination of champagne and Rohypnol. The Nirvana frontman was immediately rushed to the hospital and was unconscious for the rest of the day. Five days after, he was released and returned to his house.

It was only the beginning as Kurt Cobain attempted suicide multiple times and during his time in rehab, he took a taxi to Los Angeles Airport and flew back to Seattle. While everybody was looking for Cobain, his body was discovered at his home by an electrician on April 8, 1994. It was later found out that Nirvana’s frontman had killed himself with a shotgun at the age of 27 on April 5 and a high concentration of heroin and traces of diazepam were found in his blood.

It was crystal clear that Kurt Cobain finally finished what he had started previously and even left a suicide note which was later confirmed to be his handwriting. However, fans and the press always had second thoughts when it came to his passing and as expected, various theories were brought up by many. A piece of new evidence found by a detective shed light on Cobain’s death 25 years later and we’re here to break the details down.

New Evidence Was Found In Kurt Cobain’s Case 25 Years Later


Seattle Police Detective Mike Ciesynski, who is now retired, was asked to review Kurt Cobain’s case back in 2014, on the 25th anniversary of the musician’s death. Although the detective went through every evidence such as the one that was found in Nirvana singer’s house as well as pictures from the scene, he had another idea that brought a new aspect to the case. 

Detective Ciesynski came up with the idea to investigate the shotgun Kurt Cobain used to shoot himself since there were conspiracy theories suggesting that the shotgun was given to Courtney Love or was destroyed. While asking himself if he found any evidence from the weapon that may change the conclusion that the musician killed himself, the answer was a hard no.

Apparently, the detective found the gun store in Seattle which gave him more information, and every bit of that information matched the descriptions of the position of the shotgun. As a result, the experienced detective confirmed the fact that Kurt Cobain committed suicide and killed himself with that shotgun without a doubt. Thus, maybe now the conspiracy theorists can take a break from overanalyzing an obvious suicide case.

In his own words, Ciesynski wrote:

“I also decided to have a look at the shotgun.  Some conspiracy theorists had suggested that Seattle Police Department had turned the shotgun over to Courtney Love or had destroyed it. When the rusted weapon was brought to me and after I inspected it, I had a warehouseman photograph me holding the weapon.

Did I find any earth-shattering evidence that would change the medical examiner’s conclusion that Kurt committed suicide? No. In fact, I found evidence that strengthened that finding.

I located the receipt of the purchased shotgun shells from a Seattle Gun store that matched the time and location where a Seattle cab driver said he dropped off a male matching Cobain’s description after picking him up from the Cobain residence.  Also, when I had questions about the positioning of the shotgun found in Cobain’s hand and the location of the spent shell casing, I interviewed an experienced weapons armorer who explained the dynamics of what had likely occurred.”

Although his fans are still questioning the reasons behind his decision to end his life at such a young age, Kurt Cobain was clearly in pain when it came to his mental health and creativity.

While there is not much to be said about his problems, detective Mike Ciesynski argued that it’s often inevitable for a person struggling with depression not to commit suicide. Based on the experience of working on countless suicide cases, Ciesynski stated that depression is the most common underlying reason behind why people commit suicide.