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Krist Novoselic Thinks Kurt Cobain Wouldn't Have Killed Himself If Not High on Heroin

Image courtesy of Universal Music Group Distribution (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Universal Music Group Distribution (via ABC News Radio)

Nirvana bassist  Krist Novoselic  thinks that heroin was responsible for  Kurt Cobain 's decision in April 1994 to commit suicide.

In an interview with  Reason TV , Novoselic said that "[Kurt's]  drug abuse...was a big part of his [suicide]. He was under a lot of pressure and he made a bad choice. He was probably pretty ripped when he decided to do what he did. If he would’ve had a clearer mind, he wouldn’t have done it."

There's no "probably" about whether Cobain was high at the time he shot himself, of course. Speaking to Seattle TV station  KIRO  recently, a Seattle police detective said the amount of heroin found in Cobain's body was "an extreme amount of heroin...about ten times what...even a heavy heroin user...would have taken." The detective stated that it was undoubtedly a lethal dose, and that if Cobain hadn't shot himself in the "couple of minutes" of consciousness he had before the injected dose hit his system, "[the heroin] would have [done] the trick also."

Novoselic says that he has "never done hard drugs because they never really appealed to me. Growing up and in my 20s,  Will Shatter , bass player of  Flipper , he overdosed on heroin. That was really hard on [us]. There were people in Seattle that I knew in the Seattle music community that died around the same time and I’m just like, 'Who would ever want to do heroin? It’s a killer.'"

Novoselic is pursuing an undergraduate degree in social sciences and is currently taking online classes in geology and anthropology.

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