Singer Cobain took heroin, Valium before suicide

April 14, 1994|By Seattle Post-Intelligencer

SEATTLE -- Rock singer Kurt Cobain was high on heroin and Valium when he killed himself April 5, three days before his body was discovered at his posh Seattle home.

In a strange twist to the drama surrounding the Nirvana singer's death, police in Beverly Hills, Calif., reported yesterday that his wife, Courtney Love, was arrested on drug charges April 7 -- the day before his body was discovered.

Police and fire officials were called to the luxurious Peninsula Hotel early that morning and treated Ms. Love for a suspected heroin overdose.

She was charged with possession of a controlled substance, a felony, and possession of both drug paraphernalia and a hypodermic needle, misdemeanors, said Sgt. Robert Smith.

Ms. Love said she was unable to comment on the charges last night.

The 28-year-old lead singer of the band Hole had reported Mr. Cobain missing on April 4, three days after he walked away from a drug-treatment center in Marina Del Rey, Calif.

Mr. Cobain's suicide was undiscovered until Friday morning, when an electrician spotted the body in a guest house above the garage of the couple's home.

The level of heroin in Mr. Cobain's blood, as described by a source, was sufficient to cause intoxication when he pulled the trigger to end his life, medical authorities said.

While Mr. Cobain was missing, Ms. Love was frantically trying to find her husband. She had been in California to offer support during her husband's treatment.

But last Thursday, just a few hours before her husband's body was found, police and fire agencies were called to the Peninsula Hotel.

Arraignment was set for May 5.

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