By Scott T. Sterling
According to CBS News, the note was found in Cobain’s wallet after his body was discovered on April 8, 1994, logged into evidence in the Seattle Police Department case file, and never made public until now. The contents of the note are disturbing, to say the least.
“Do you Kurt Cobain take Courtney Michelle Love to be your lawful shredded wife…” the letter reads, adding, “even when she’s a b**ch with zits and siphoning all (your) money for doping and whoring…” See an excerpt from the note below.
These sentiments run counter to Cobain’s original suicide note, where he spoke of Love in much fonder terms: “I have a goddess of a wife who sweats ambition and empathy.”
The note is sure to fuel speculation over the status of the Cobain-Love union at the time of his death, which over the past 20 years has generated a wide range of theories — including the idea that Love was somehow involved in Cobain’s untimely demise, which was broached in Nick Broomfield’s 1998 documentary, Kurt & Courtney.
The note was discovered when CBS News filed a public information request to the Seattle Police Department, which provided “hundreds of pages” of police evidence and reports, including the handwritten letter.
The note was written on a letterhead from the Phoenix Hotel, with the self-described “urban resort” found on the edge of San Francisco’s Tenderloin District characterized for its “rock ‘n’ roll soul with more than a little edge.”
Ironically, the letter was revealed on the same day (April 29) that Courtney Love released a new song entitled “Wedding Day.”