Seattle Police released new photographs on Thursday of Kurt Cobain’s shotgun to CBS News, which the King County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled he used when he committed suicide nearly 22 years ago in April of 1994. The shotgun hasn’t been seen before publicly.
The photos, taken recently, show Seattle Police Department cold case homicide Det. Michael Ciesynski, the current detective of record for the Cobain case, holding the shotgun in various positions.
In 22 years since Cobain’s suicide, the SPD has released more than one hundred pages of police reports and photos relating to the rock star’s suicide file, but never photos of the weapon, except for certain crime scene photos that reveal a partial view of the shotgun.
The release of the shotgun photos — in response to a public records act request from CBS News — dispels a rumor propagated by conspiracy theorists that the shotgun had been melted down to hide evidence in a supposed SPD cover up of a potential murder.