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On Friday (April 5th), the 19th anniversary of the 1994 death of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer unveiled a number of never-before-released photos taken at the scene on the day his body was found. Although none of the photos are as disturbing as the picture of Cobain's body, taken from the waist down, that went around the world shortly after his death, there are several pictures of emergency personnel carrying his corpse out of his home in a body bag.
Other photos show different angles of the building -- a garage with a greenhouse on its second level -- in which Cobain killed himself with a single shotgun blast. Additional pictures focus on fans mourning his death in the days after his body was found.
Although medical examiners determined that Cobain died on April 5th, his body was discovered by an electrician three days later on April 8th -- 19 years ago today.
The newly released photos were taken by photographer Mike Urban, who arrived at the scene to cover the story. His negatives were stored at Seattle's Museum of History and Industry for years among millions of preserved negatives before being published by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer website.
A statement from the newspaper said that the photos "are not presented for shock value, but rather as historical images from the P-I archive preserved at (the Museum)."
The mystique around Kurt Cobain's life and early death has continued to grow in the nearly two decades since he passed away. Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic told us a while back that he finds aspects of the fascination with his former bandmate unsettling: "There's a cult that's developed around the media perception of the person, Kurt Cobain, which has nothing to do with the person I knew (laughs). You know, it's a cult of personality, the cult of celebrity. Nirvana really impacted a lot of people and connected with a lot of people, and when you deal with things on that level, it's very positive, but there's some negative aspects of it too, like, you know, just obsession."