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New photos from Kurt Cobain's suicide scene posted 19 years later

It was 19 years ago today that Kurt Cobain killed himself.

New photos from Kurt Cobain's suicide scene posted 19 years later

This photo was taken during the taping of MTV Unplugged in 1993.
This photo was taken during the taping of MTV Unplugged in 1993. GETTY

It was 19 years ago today that Kurt Cobain killed himself (though many people insist that he was murdered). The body of the Nirvana frontman was discovered three days later, on April 8, 1994, by an electrician. Today, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer has posted previously unpublished photographs from the scene of Cobain's suicide.

A few of their frames were published after Cobain's death in 1994. But most of them have sat in the same negative sleeves they were placed in the day they were taken.

The negatives now reside at the Museum of History and Industry, which has preserved millions of P-I negatives after three donations: One in 1976, another in 1986 and a third in 2000. With the help of photo curator Howard Giske, we scanned the images that Urban, Webber and other unidentified P-I photographers took at Cobain's home in 1994 and at the memorial on April 10 of that year at Seattle Center. [Seattle Post-Intelligencer]

Rolling Stone also tweeted a link to its last interview with Cobain, published on January 27, 1994. But, if you're interested into delving into some serious Cobain material, you should read Chuck Klosterman's essay "Oh, the Guilt," which examines Cobain, Nirvana, and the band's album, In Utero, while analyzing their similarities to David Koresh, the Branch Dividians, and the Waco massacre. Originally published in the 2009 book, Eating the Dinosaur, the essay is $0.99 as a Google eBook.

Also, I'll be listening to Nirvana the rest of the day. In case anyone else is interested...

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