The daughter of Kurt Cobain is no longer the owner of the acoustic guitar the late Nirvana frontman used in the band’s iconic 1993 appearance on “MTV Unplugged”.
According to court documents obtained by People, Frances Bean Cobain, 25, will not receive her father’s Martin acoustic guitar in the settlement of her divorce from Isaiah Silva, whom she married in 2014 (she began divorce proceedings in 2016).
Silva maintains that his ex gave him the treasured instrument as a gift; Cobain, however, contends she never gave him the guitar, which is reportedly worth millions of dollars.
Despite Cobain’s request, a judge ruled that Silva can keep the guitar in the ongoing division of the ex-spouses’ assets.
Meanwhile, the Washington State Court of Appeals has ruled that photographs from the scene of Cobain’s 1994 suicide will not be made public.
As Seattle’s KING 5 News reports, journalist Richard Lee wanted 55 photos taken at the scene of Cobain’s death to be made public but his latest legal request has been denied. According to the ruling, the photos are exempt from the state’s Public Records Act, and releasing them would “violate the Cobain family’s due process rights under the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution.”
“As both a father and an advocate for victims’ rights, I’m relieved the Court upheld that death-scene images are not appropriate for disclosure,” Seattle city attorney Pete Holmes said in a statement. “After a family member endures the tragedy of losing a loved one, we have a moral obligation to protect their privacy. No one should worry whether they’ll happen upon photos of a family member’s body as they scroll through their social media feed.”
Holmes added: “As a member of Washington State’s Sunshine Committee, I regularly advocate to open more records for public access, but out of respect to family members, I continue to believe releasing images of a person’s scene of death is out of bounds.”