Conspiracy theorists allege that Cobain had been masquerading as Peruvian singer Ramiro Saavedra.

Nirvana have denied on their official Facebook page reports that Kurt Cobain is alive and well and living in Peru, after TV footage from a Peruvian music reality show featuring a Cobain impersonator went viral.

The Daily Mail reported fans claiming Cobain is still alive after seeing footage of Peruvian singer Ramiro Saavedra performing Nirvana songs on the country’s talent show Yo Soy in 2012. Fans were quick to point out the resemblance between Saavedra and Cobain, despite the obvious differences – i.e. Saavedra was playing the guitar with his right hand, and Saavedra looks nothing like Cobain. He doesn’t half sound like him though…

Nirvana’s Facebook page later posted a link to the Mail article, accompanied by a tongue-in-cheek caption that read: “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.”

This is not the only recent case of a dead music icon being reported as alive and living in hiding – Tupac was claimed to have been pictured last month after a video clip emerged on YouTube that bore an uncanny resemblance to the late rapper.


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