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Kurt Cobain's death tied to triple suicide

Published Oct. 18, 1994|Updated Oct. 7, 2005

Three young men whose bodies were found in a storage facility near Vancouver apparently killed themselves in despair over the suicide of rock star Kurt Cobain, police said Monday.

"They were upset about it. When Cobain died, they died. It's very sad," police spokesman Rick Lawrence said.

Two bodies were found in a car inside the facility and the third was curled in the fetal position alongside. Notes in a diary found at the scene suggested they were depressed over Cobain's death, police said.

The lead singer for Seattle-based rock group Nirvana shot himself in the head on April 5. His body was found three days later by an electrician in the guest house of the rock star's home.

Cobain, 27, whose anguished lyrics and haunting melodies captured the discontent of a generation, left a suicide note saying he had lost his passion for music.

Police discovered the three bodies Sunday after a worker at the warehouse in the Vancouver suburb Langley noticed a smell coming from the storage facility.

The men, described as being in their late teens or early 20s, were from the French-speaking Canadian province of Quebec. They appeared to have been dead at least a week from carbon monoxide poisoning, police said.

After Cobain's death, many parents feared a spate of copycat suicides. At least one suicide was reported in the Seattle area in April by a man said to be despondent over Cobain's death.

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