Kurt Cobain’s 1994 suicide case was brought back into the spotlight on Thursday, when Seattle police released new photos showing the rock singer’s alleged suicide weapon.

Kurt Cobain Suicide Shotgun Pics Revealed

The photos, taken recently, show Seattle Police Department cold case homicide Det. Michael Ciesynski, holding a Remington shotgun, which the King County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Cobain used when he committed suicide.

CBS News asked for the photos in a public records request to “dispel a rumor … that the shotgun had been melted down to hide evidence in a supposed … cover up of a potential murder.”

Seattle Police say they’ve released hundreds of documents and a number of photos involving the death of Cobain, but never before have they shown the shotgun.

On the 20th anniversary of Cobain’s death, police released grainy pictures showing evidence collected at the scene — including a box filled with syringes and a tainted spoon, a lighter, cigarette packet and other items.

Yet, there is a lawsuit by conspiracy theorist Richard Lee to show the pictures of Cobain’s body.

Cobain’s widow, Courtney Love, and their daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, have been fighting Lee’s request, saying in court documents that the pictures “would encourage more disturbed stalkers and fanatical threats.”

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