Note in Cobain’s wallet mocks wedding vows to Love

KURT COBAIN
FILE - This Dec. 13, 1993 file photo shows Kurt Cobain of the Seattle band Nirvana performing in Seattle, Wash. It's been two decades since the Nirvana frontman took his own life yet he remains on in the thoughts of those he influenced and entertained. He's a touchstone for young musicians clutching guitars the world over and his story is a tale of both inspiration and caution. His influence still ripples across the surface of pop music and his shadow even looms in the hip-hop world where he's been a referenced by Jay Z, Kanye, Kendrick Lamar, Drake and Jay Electronica in various ways recently. (AP Photo/Robert Sorbo, file)

SEATTLE (AP/WANE) — A handwritten note police discovered in Kurt Cobain’s wallet after his suicide disparages Courtney Love, the late Nirvana front man’s wife.

CBS News reported that the note was taken from Cobain’s wallet when police arrived at his home on April 8, 1994, after Cobain fatally shot himself. The note was never made public. CBS obtained it from the Seattle Police via a public information request.

The network reports that the undated note, apparently written by Cobain on stationery from San Francisco’s Phoenix Hotel, is written like a mock wedding vow. It references Love as Cobain’s “lawful shredded wife” who would be “siphoning” his money for drugs.

The note starts as a parody of standard Christian marriage vows:

“Do you Kurt Cobain take Courtney Michelle Love to be your lawful shredded wife…” It goes on to say, “even when she’s a b**ch with zits and siphoning all (your) money for doping and whoring…” 

Cobain’s body was discovered in Seattle on April 8, 1994. An investigation determined that days earlier Cobain had gone into the greenhouse of his home and taken a massive dose of heroin. He then shot himself with a 20-gauge shotgun.

Earlier this year, in advance of the 20th anniversary of Cobain’s suicide, a Seattle detective reviewed the case files, including evidence photos and statements. He found no new information to change the police conclusion that Cobain took his own life.

Cobain, who was 27 when he died, sold millions of albums with Nirvana and helped popularize the Pacific Northwest’s heavy, muddy “grunge” rock.

 

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