We thought for sure that by now, on the 19th anniversary of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain‘s death, every last shred of documentation regarding the iconic rocker’s suicide would have been unearthed. Turns out we were wrong.
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the hometown paper of record, sent several photographers to Cobain’s Lake Washington Boulevard mansion on April 8, 1994, the day an electrician discovered the body. Several of the pictures — including a famous front page image showing Cobain’s body from the waist down — appeared in hundreds of papers worldwide the next day, but apparently, there were additional shots not published at the time. They’ve been preserved at Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry, but today, the Post-Intelligencer has finally published them.
Although Cobain’s body itself isn’t pictured, “some of these photos could be disturbing to some readers,” notes the paper. “These are not presented for shock value, but rather as historical images from the P-I archive preserved at [Museum of History and Industry].”