AceShowbiz - Photographs showing Kurt Cobain's body after he killed himself are to remain sealed, a court in his hometown of Seattle, Washington has ruled. Investigative journalist Richard Lee sued city officials in 2014 in an attempt to force them to release the pictures, which show Kurt after he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He lost his case the following year, but filed an appeal.
According to U.S. website The Blast, on Monday, May 14, Seattle's appellate court upheld the 2015 judgment preventing the pictures from being released to the public.
Court documents state the pictures show "Kurt Cobain's body as it lay in the family residence after he was shot in the head."
The Nirvana rocker killed himself at his home in Seattle at the age of just 27 in April 1994, and Richard has been looking into his death for more than two decades. He claims the "Smells Like Teen Spirit" singer was actually a victim of a conspiracy involving U.S. government officials.
Kurt's widow Courtney Love and their 25-year-old daughter Frances Bean Cobain have both testified in the case.
Courtney, 53, has accused the journalist of stalking, and previously filed a declaration claiming he had, "stalked and harassed me, my family, and my friends for many, many years."
She added that on one occasion, "Mr. Lee even filmed himself chasing a limousine for several miles that he thought I was a passenger in. Mr. Lee's actions make me fear for my safety."
Frances testified that she "has had to deal with the trauma of his death her entire life" while Courtney also told the court that she still suffers emotionally due to the tragedy.
Kurt struggled to cope with the pressures of fame following the success of Nirvana's 1991 album "Nevermind" and he battled substance abuse problems before his death.