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Can We Please Let Kurt Cobain Rest in Peace?

Sometime on April 5, 1994, Kurt Cobain killed himself in a room above a garden shed in the back of 171 Lake Washington Bvld East in Seattle.

That’s what happened. Full stop. Period.

Sure, all kinds of loose ends remain–weird use of Kurt’s credit cards after his death, the neatly packed away needle kit, the two different-looking handwriting style on the suicide note, claims of various bit players, etc.–but while intriguing and puzzling, none take away from the fact that the man killed himself. After years of following this story–reading all the books, talking to people connected with Kurt (including Courtney) and the case investigating ALL the “clues”–I’m absolutely 100% convinced of it.

Yet there are people who won’t let the issue go.  One of those guys is Richard Lee. This is from

Ten days after his latest push for photos of Kurt Cobain’s corpse was tossed out of court, conspiracy theorist Richard Lee is back at it.

Lee – a Seattle man best known as the host of the cable access program “Now See It Person To Person: Kurt Cobain Was Murdered” – has again claimed he’s owed access to photos taken of the Nirvana frontman after his April 1994 death. Lee contends the photos will prove an elaborate conspiracy was behind Cobain’s death.

The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in King County Superior Court, comes after Cobain’s widow and daughter pleaded that Lee not be given access to the photos of Cobain’s body he’s long sought. Attorneys for the city of Seattle successfully fought an earlier lawsuit from Lee, which was thrown out July 31.

Lee had sued the city in April 2014 after the Seattle Police Department released photos found by a detective dusting off the long-closed death investigation. Then as now, Lee, 51, represented himself.

Attorneys for the city argued Lee’s lawsuit should be thrown out for a number of deficiencies. They asked King County Superior Court Judge Theresa Doyle to find that Lee’s claims have no merit and summarily declare the city the winner.

Doyle dismissed Lee’s lawsuit after hearing from him. Doyle granted a city motion for summary judgment after finding that Lee’s lawsuit was premature and that his public records request was improperly delivered.

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Alan Cross

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