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Frances Bean Cobain forced to give up dad Kurt's guitar in divorce

Frances Bean Cobain forced to give up dad Kurt's guitar in divorce

Photographs showing Kurt Cobain's body after he killed himself are to remain sealed, a court in his hometown of Seattle, Washington has ruled. Originally given to her for safekeeping, the guitar is thought to be worth millions of dollars.

The instrument in question is a 1959 Martin D-18E acoustic guitar which Kurt famously played during his iconic MTV Unplugged performance in 1993, just months before his death.

The acoustic has always been a bone of contention, as Silva has claimed Frances gave him the guitar as a gift - something that was denied by Frances.

It was allegedly the last one that Kurt Cobain played before his passing.

It has also been reported that Isaiah will have to fund his own legal bills, and ownership of the house they bought has been given to Frances. Investigative journalist Richard Lee sued city officials in 2014 in an attempt to force them to release the pictures, which show Kurt after he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His case was thrown out once before in 2015 with a judge declaring that releasing the images would be "highly offensive to a reasonable person".




Love told TMZ that her daughter never planned to give the guitar away.

On April 21, 2016, Love filed a declaration accusing Lee of trying to exploit Cobain's death and claiming Lee has "stalked and harassed me, my family, and my friends for many, many years ..."

Asked what her late father, who took his own life in 1994, would think of her music, she said: 'I don't have an answer for that because I don't want to speak on someone else's behalf.

Love and Cobain have testified in this case previously with Love saying Cobain's death "was the most traumatic experience of my life". Lee, described as a "conspiracy theorist" in court documents, has independently researched Cobain's death for years, propogating the theory that Cobain was in fact murdered.