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Duff McKagan, One of Last to See Kurt Cobain Alive, Says His Death Was No Surprise

Image courtesy of Credit: Lance Mercer (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Credit: Lance Mercer (via ABC News Radio)

In a one-off interview with Austrian independent music TV channel Mulatschag, Duff McKagan described sharing a flight with Kurt Cobain two days before the Nirvana singer committed suicide. The question about Cobain came at the end of the interview and appeared to catch McKagan a bit off-guard, which might explain why he answered at all. The former Guns 'N Roses bassist has historically declined comment, though he did write a short entry about the incident in his autobiography, It's So Easy (and Other Lies) .

Said McKagan, "I was really f**ked up [on that flight]. [We only exchanged], like, 87 words. We were both f**ked up....we were just two f**ked up guys, but we were both in big bands and we landed at the airport and we kind of talked about it."

To illustrate just how messed up both he and Kurt was, Duff said, "My pancreas blew up four weeks later. He died two days later. So that’s where we were both at at our lives, at the end of our ropes."

Did McKagan have a premonition that Cobain's days were numbered? Yes and no, he said. "I didn’t have a sense that he was gonna die in two days, but...a lot of my friends and peers were dying or had died and I was getting numb to it, getting used to it. And...when I got a call that he died, I didn’t fall out of my chair. It just happened. And I was too f**ked up to really take it in. I was, like, 'Oh, another one fell.'"

The flight was from Los Angeles to Seattle on April 1, 1994. Cobain committed suicide on April 3. 

You can watch the whole interview on Mulatschag's official YouTube channel .

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Duff McKagan, One of Last to See Kurt Cobain Alive, Says Kurt's Death Was No Surprise Rock --- --/--/-- --:--

(NOTE LANGUAGE) In a one-off interview with Austrian independent music TV channel Mulatschag [pr: MOO-laht-schak], Duff McKagan described sharing a flight with Kurt Cobain two days before the Nirvana singer committed suicide. The question about Cobain came at the end of the interview and appeared to catch McKagan a bit off guard which might explain why he answered; the former Guns 'N Roses bassist has historically declined comment, though he did write a short entry about the incident in his autobiography, It's So Easy (and Other Lies) .

Said McKagan, "I was really f**ked up [on that flight]. [We only exchanged], like, 87 words. We were both f**ked up....we were just two f**ked up guys, but we were both in big bands and we landed at the airport and we kind of talked about it."

To illustrate just how messed up both he and Kurt was, Duff said, "My pancreas blew up four weeks later. He died two days later. So that’s where we were both at at our lives, at the end of our ropes."

Did McKagan have a premonition that Cobain's days were numbered? Yes and no, he said: "I didn’t have a sense that he was gonna die in two days, but...a lot of my friends and peers were dying or had died and I was getting numb to it, getting used to it. And...when I got a call that he died, I didn’t fall out of my chair. It just happened. And I was too f**ked up to really take it in. I was, like, 'Oh, another one fell.'"

The flight was from Los Angeles to Seattle on April 1, 1994. Cobain committed suicide on April 3. 

You can watch the whole interview on Mulatschag's official YouTube channel (VIDEO CLIP CONTAINS UNCENSORED PROFANITY)

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