Your parents’ generation has Jim Morrison. You and your older siblings have Kurt Cobain–the rock superstar whose death has evolved into a collosal web of mythology and suspicion.
Such is the case for conspiracy theorist Richard Lee, whose most recent attempt to dig into Cobain’s death was thwarted.
A Seattle judge dismissed a lawsuit by Lee this past week, which targeted the city and its police department “in an attempt to gain access to potentially graphic death-scene photos of Kurt Cobain that have never been released,” loudwire.com reported.
The endgame? Lee seems to believe that the photos will debunk claims that Cobain committed suicide and was in fact murdered in April of 1994.
Lee, who has a show on public access television on the matter, has been very vocal in his belief that Cobain’s death was plotted by government offcials, and has pointed to the police department’s secrecy surrounding crime scene photos as evidence of his claim.
He was unsuccessful, the Seattle Times reported, as the King County court judge ruled that Lee didn’t properly file the suit. Additionally, Cobain’s widow, Courtney Love, and their daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, were instrumental in filing declarations that implored the city to keep the photos private.
Of course Lee isn’t the only crazed theorist who can’t leave Cobain’s death ruled a suicide. Interest in his death seemed to get a resurgence when the Seattle Police Department hired a cold case detective to dig back into the investigation of his suicide. The recent HBO biopic “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck” which delved into the singer-songwriter’s life refueled suspicions that he was killed by someone close to him. (Love has always been a culprit. She has maintained that such a thing isn’t true, despite accounts that she vocalized wanting Kurt dead. David Comfort’s book The Rock & Roll Book of the Dead tells a story from rocker Eldon Hoke who claims that Love offered him fifty grand to “blow (Kurt’s) f*****g head off.”)
This isn’t the last we have heard of Lee or his theories about Kurt Cobain’s death. While this suit was dismissed, he can refile–and he reportedly plans to.
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