Courtney Love, Frances Bean Plead for Kurt Cobain Death-Scene Photos to Remain Sealed

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Courtney Love and her daughter, Frances Bean, are fighting to keep Kurt Cobain's death-scene photos sealed Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

Privacy, please. Courtney Love and her daughter, Frances Bean, are fighting to keep Kurt Cobain’s death-scene photos sealed, The Guardian reported on Friday, July 31.

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The late rocker’s widow, 51, and only child, 22, are up against Richard Lee, who is suing Seattle and the Seattle local police department for not releasing material that allegedly proves that Cobain did not die from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in 1994. Instead, the public access TV employee believes that the Nirvana frontman was murdered.

Judge Theresa Doyle will decide whether to move forward with Lee’s lawsuit claims on Friday, July 31. Meanwhile, Love and Frances Bean wrote a letter to the court explaining how the photos will affect their personal lives if they are released. (Love’s estranged father, Grateful Dead ex-manager Hank Harrison, claimed in May 2014 that the Empire guest star was involved in Cobain’s death.)

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Kurt Cobain of Nirvana Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

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“Coping with even the possibility that those photographs could be made public is very difficult,” Frances Bean wrote, via The Guardian. “Further sensationalizing it through the release of these pictures would cause us indescribable pain.”

Love’s daughter also noted that she’s already been coping with “many personal issues” because of her father’s death. She’s allegedly been harassed by the late star’s “obsessed” fans and once found a man in her California home. “[He] believed my father’s soul had entered my body,” she told the court.

The new development comes three months after HBO’s Cobain documentary Montage of Heck premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Love got emotional while watching the film, which shared a behind-the-scenes look at her relationship with the late “Smells Like Teen Spirit” singer.

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Kurt Cobain, Courtney Love and daughter Frances Bean Cobain attend 10th Annual MTV Video Music Awards on September 2, 1993. Ron Galella, Ltd/Getty Images

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“Nobody else was as funny. Nobody else was as compatible and got my jokes. And you can see it in the film,” Love told V magazine’s Brett Morgan in April. “[The film] made me really evaluate what, at the age of 50, I want out of a relationship. He’s a hard act to follow. I love him and I always will.”

She added: “I don’t mind promoting this film with you, but I don’t love living in the 22 years ago, because I don’t. But it is who I was, and Kurt is a part of who I am. In terms of mythology, he will always define me. If I marry the guy who owns Google tomorrow, Kurt will define me.”

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