For decades, the death of Kurt Cobain has cast a shadow over the world of rock music. Cobain's untimely suicide transformed him into a martyr who has come to represent much more than he might have ever intended. In addition to his legacy as a poet and an artist, Cobain left in his wake a trail of conspiracy theories longer than any B-side.
At first glance, Cobain's death seems cut and dry - but once you begin examining the evidence, the whole situation becomes as opaque as the singer's lyrics. How did Kurt Cobain die? Though his death was officially ruled a suicide, many feel there are plenty of questions about it that have yet to be answered. While many Kurt Cobain death conspiracies place his wife, Courtney Love, at the center of his demise, there are just as many theories out there that suggest otherwise. Even the most concrete pieces of evidence that were found at the time of death - his suicide note and the shotgun he used - have their inconsistencies. To date, questions remain about who really killed Kurt Cobain.
A Triple Dose of Heroin Helped Mask the Killer
When Cobain's body was discovered, toxicologists found he had three times the lethal amount of heroin in his system. In 2012, private Investigator Max Wallace told Matt Lauer, "The forensic pathologist we spoke to said that there's no way this guy could have injected a triple lethal dose of heroin into his system, then rolled down his sleeve, put away the drug kit, picked up the shotgun and shot himself. He would have been incapacitated within seconds."
This fact may raise more questions than it answers: did he die of an overdose and was shot after? Or did someone else inject him with the drug?
Wait... Cobain Is Alive!
Kurt Cobain isn't dead, after all! He just left Seattle, his family, his millions of dollars, and his very popular band so he could move to South America. Only in 2012 did he emerge to appear on the Peruvian talent show Yo Soy. Though he attempted to disguise himself by giving the name Ramiro Saavedra, real Cobain fans knew it was him from the beginning. Hiding in plain sight is always a fool-proof plan.
Kurt Planned to Fake His Death
Faking your own death might sound crazy, but not for Cobain. It was widely known that he hated being famous, and would have preferred remaining a low-key Seattle act for the rest of his career. Unfortunately, the world couldn't stand to let him be a regular guy.
As one Redditor points out, there's a scant amount of evidence that the body found in Cobain's Lake Washington home was actually Cobain himself: there's only one photo of the body, there are no fingerprints on the gun, there were no media allowed at his funeral.
However, the real evidence comes in the form of an anagram that Cobain had obviously been thinking about for a while. Says the Redditor: "Let's look at Kurt, Courtney, and Francis' names, shall we. KURT cobAIn, courtney LoVE, FrancIS bean cobain. Take the capitalized letters. Now what is it an anagram for? Why, none other than...KURT IS ALIVE."
Grunge-Loving Aliens Kidnapped Him
There are some who speculate that a UFO piloted by "grunge-loving aliens" was responsible for whisking Cobain away from planet Earth. They were likely piloting a flannel flying saucer and listening to Temple of the Dog B-Sides (which everyone knows was only released on Mars).
This alien kidnapping theory comes to us from Ethel Highet, a Seattle woman who claims that she's since run into Cobain on one of his visits back to Terra Prime. "They let him visit his hometown Seattle from time to time, for inspiration to write his songs, you know," she says. Highet also alleges that she chatted with the former Nirvana singer while exploring Seattle's underground tunnels. "He's looking kinda pale but you'd expect that from being stuck on an alien spacecraft. Kurt said that another faction of aliens had kidnapped Elvis - rock and roll loving ones. Elvis and Kurt have managed to talk alot, even had some jam sessions together. They're now on a first name basis." ¯\_(ツ)_/¯