Kurt Cobain Mocks Courtney Love in Letter Found in Wallet at Death Scene

UPDATED 05/01/2014 at 07:30 AM EDT Originally published 04/30/2014 at 03:00 PM EDT

Kurt Cobain Mocks Courtney Love Newly-Released Letter
This note, made public by Seattle police, was discovered in the wallet of rock legend Kurt Cobain when he was found dead of an apparent suicide
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"Do you Kurt Cobain take Courtney Michelle Love to be your lawful shredded wife?"

Those handwritten words are the beginning of a note that was in Kurt Cobain's wallet at the time of his death – a note that has been kept secret until now. The Seattle Police Department revealed a photograph of the letter on Tuesday, twenty years after the Nirvana frontman committed suicide in his Seattle home.

The undated note – written on a sheet of paper from San Francisco's Phoenix Hotel – reads like a sarcastic take on traditional marriage vows, as Cobain asks himself whether he'd take Love to be his wife "even when she's a b–––– with zits and siphoning all yr money for doping and whoring."

But that one sentence has already prompted dozens of questions about the sentiment behind it. Was Cobain joking about his notoriously troubled relationship, possibly making fun of that perception? Or was it a serious comment that hinted at a bigger rift between the two? (By contrast, in his suicide note, Cobain referred to Love as "a goddess ... who sweats ambition and empathy.")

Earlier this month, the Seattle Police Department reviewed the case files of Cobain's suicide and released dozens of previously unseen photographs from the scene of his death, including pictures of drug paraphernalia and of his suicide note. ("Nothing earth-shattering," a police spokesperson said with a shrug at the time.)

CBS News acquired the note from Cobain's wallet, along with "hundreds of pages of copies of police reports and evidence" in response to public information requests that were filed with the SPD.

Love has not commented on the note, although in a strange coincidence, it was made public on the same day that she revealed the video for her latest song.

It's called "Wedding Day."

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