Ever since the death of iconic rocker Kurt Cobain was ruled a suicide, conspiracy theories have continually burst forth from the void that claim otherwise. It is a commonly known fact, however, that Courtney Love, Kurt’s wife, strictly refutes the proposal that she was involved in his death, (via Stereogum).
What some may not know, is that Courtney, during the time directly following Kurt’s passing, questioned whether or not it was a suicide. This has been brought to light in the new book, Alice In Chains: The Untold Story. An excerpt asserts that Love reportedly attempted to track down Alice In Chains member Layne Staley following Kurt’s death, because they happened to be close friends at the time. She wanted to speak with him to see if he had known anything regarding Kurt’s whereabouts or personal habits in the days leading up to his death. She was supposedly “not happy with the outcome that it was a suicide.”
A few weeks after Cobain’s death, Jim Elmer [Layne Staley’s stepfather] got a call from Courtney Love. She had been trying to get ahold of Layne and somehow got Elmer’s phone number. According to him, they spoke twice. “The gist of the conversation was that she was looking for Layne because she knew Layne and Kurt were friends and wanted to find out what happened the last few days, that she intimated to me that she was not happy with the outcome that it was a suicide. She thought there was more to it than that, and she wanted to chase down Layne and have a discussion with him.”
Love was probably assuming that because Cobain and Layne ran in the same social circles — musicians, drug users, and drug dealers — he might have seen Cobain or have some knowledge of his final days. Whether Layne saw Cobain during his final days is not known, but there is evidence of at least one mutual drug connection.
Later in the book, quotes from Staley regarding Kurt’s personality, and the way it changed over the years, are brought forth. “I saw all the suffering that Kurt Cobain went through. I didn’t know him real well, but I just saw this vibrant person turn into a real shy, timid, withdrawn, introverted person who could hardly get a hello out.”
Staley would later die from a drug overdose in 2002.