Kurt Cobain’s April 1994 death was ruled a suicide, but what actually happened is still debated by many to this day. Seattle public access TV host Richard Lee, for instance, has been trying to get police to release the official death scene photographs, claiming that they will prove that Cobain was murdered.
The Seattle Times reports that King County Superior Court Judge Theresa Doyle dismissed Lee’s lawsuit, however, over a failure to correctly follow official procedure. According to her ruling, Lee had failed to give Seattle enough time to respond to his request and he improperly served his lawsuit. Lee has said he’ll try another records request and sue again if he’s unsuccessful.
The court case found Cobain’s widow Courtney Love and their daughter Frances Bean explaining the psychological effect that it would have on them if the photos were released.
“I have had to cope with many personal issues because of my father’s death. Coping with even the possibility that those photographs could be made public is very difficult,” Frances Bean Cobain wrote in a statement. “Further sensationalising it through the release of these pictures would cause us indescribable pain.”