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OTRC: Kurt Cobain death: New photos found, investigation not reopened (Update)

Kurt Cobain performs on 'MTV Unplugged in New York' in 1994. / Kurt Cobain appears in a 1993 file photo. Police re-examined his death in March 2014 and found new photos but deny a full reopening of the case investigation. (Geffen Records / MTV / AP Photo / Mark J.Terrill, file)

A Seattle cold case detective recently discovered new photos taken at the scene of Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain's 1994 death, which was ruled a suicide, and two were released on Thursday, March 20.

The pictures show items such as drug paraphernalia and sunglasses. Cobain died in Seattle on April 5, 1994 at age 27. At the time, police ruled the cause to be a self-inflicted gunshot to the head. The death of the celebrated grunge rocker has spurred several conspiracy theories over the years.

A Seattle police investigator had begun to examine evidence from the original probe ahead of the 20th anniversary of Cobain's death, when officials also plan to answer questions about it but deny reports that a full investigation has been reopened.

He found several rolls of undeveloped film and had them developed. The contained "underwhelming" photos of his suicide, police spokesperson Renee Witt told the Seattle Times, which carried the report.

He "dug up the files and had another look, and there was nothing new," she said.

Witt also told the Associated Press: "There was nothing earth-shattering in any of these images. There are no new developments, no new twists or turns in the case. He came upon this film, and that's pretty much it. It is still a suicide."

UPDATE: Seattle police released two photos from the detective's discovery later on Thursday.

(Warning: Images may be disturbing for some viewers) They show several items found at the scene of Cobain's suicide. One shows a drug paraphernalia box containing a spoon and what appears to be needles. Next to it, flying on the floors, is a cigarette and a pair of sunglasses. The other picture shows the box closed, lying next to a wad of cash and a wallet containing what appears to be Cobain's driver's license or ID card.

The Seattle Times had reported that the department is set to release several photos overall, without giving a timeframe.

The new discovery also comes weeks before Nirvana is set to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 10.

In September 2013, Cobain's mother put the family's former home was put on sale, yielding the discovery of several of the singer's childhood photos - check them out. It remains on the market and its asking price is $500,000.

(Pictured above: Kurt Cobain performs on 'MTV Unplugged in New York,' which was recorded in November 1993 and released in 1994. / Kurt Cobain appears in a 1993 file photo (NOT a photo from the film collected by police in March 2014). Credit: Geffen Records / MTV / AP Photo / Mark J.Terrill, file)

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