About 17 hours ago, Nirvana—or, to be more precise, the person who runs the long-defunct band's Facebook page—was forced to shut down a rumor that Kurt Cobain is alive and well and living in Peru.
How did all this come about? Read on, gentle reader.
Earlier this week, a few Nirvana fans saw a years-old video of Peruvian singer Ramiro Saavedra performing Nirvana's "Come As You Are" on Yo Soy, a TV talent show in Peru. Those same fans immediately dropped what they were doing, grabbed their phones and hit social media hard, pointing out that the resemblance between Saavedra and Cobain—who has been dead since early 1994—was uncanny.
The U.K.'s Daily Mail even posted a story with the long-winded headline, "Is Kurt Cobain actually ALIVE? Conspiracy theorists claim Nirvana frontman has been 'spotted' in video performing Come As You Are."
Earlier today, however, the following (very humorous) post appeared on Nirvana's Facebook page:
"It is true, Kurt is alive. He needed time to learn to play the guitar with his right hand. Finding left-handed guitars is not easy. We are so happy to have him back and forgive him for all of the sadness that we have held so deeply in our hearts."
Yes, the guitarist in the Yo Soy video is a righty, not a lefty. Not that that's the reason this was a ridiculous conspiracy theory. I mean, Cobain would be pushing 50 now, and Saavedra looks like he's 29. Anyway, check out the Yo Soy video below. And remember, as convincing as Saavedra's performance is, he is not Kurt Cobain. Enjoy.