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March 10, 2013

20 Rare and Candid Photographs of Kurt Cobain With His Baby Daughter Frances Bean

Frances Bean Cobain is the only child of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain and Hole frontwoman Courtney Love. Before Cobain's birth, there were rumors suggesting that Love, her mother, used heroin during the pregnancy. This scandal intensified when Vanity Fair published Lynn Hirschberg's article "Strange Love" that alleged Love admitted to using heroin even after learning of her pregnancy. Along with husband Kurt Cobain, Love maintained that Vanity Fair took her words out of context.

Eventually, child welfare services launched an investigation questioning their parenting abilities. The investigation was eventually dismissed, but not without a significant amount of legal wrangling and Cobain being removed from her parents' custody for a short time, beginning when she was two weeks old. After a lengthy legal battle, Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love were able to regain custody of their daughter. They employed several nannies over the next two years to help them care for her.

On April 1, 1994, Cobain visited her father, Kurt Cobain, at the Exodus Recovery Center, a rehab center in Marina Del Rey, California, where they played together. This would be the last time Cobain saw her father alive. On the morning of April 8, 1994, Kurt Cobain was found dead at his home in Seattle.

“If he had lived, I would have had a dad,” she said in an interview. “And that would have been an incredible experience.”



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