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Kurt Cobain: Ghost or ID Theft Victim?

Legendary rock star is still buying houses long after his tragic death, according to widow Courtney Love

Con men bought a $3.2 million mansion in New Jersey last year using the Social Security number of iconic Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, according to the late rocker's wife, Courtney Love.

Love told a London newspaper Thursday that grifters have pillaged Cobain's estate of about $60 million since 2003, according to reports.

"I knew it had been going on since when I went cuckoo -- bananas -- in 2003. It was fraud after fraud," Love told The Sun. "But nobody believed me until now."

Love reported the alleged thefts last week to the Los Angeles police. "I did a check on my deceased husband's Social Security number, and he has a house in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He bought it last year," she said.

"I would like to know how," Love said. "He should probably get his ass back home if that is the case."

Cobain committed suicide in April 1994. His estate continues to gross about $10 million a year.

Love, 43, also claimed that the identity thieves have collected 188 credit cards that were issued in her name.

Police in California reportedly are skeptical about Love's allegations. Blog postings on a Myspace.com account Saturday allegedly written by Love are nearly indecipherable, riddled with invective and slanderous scorn directed at banks, managers and lawyers.

TMZ.com, an online entertainment news service, said police sources believe Love may be delusional and the identity theft may all be in her mind.

— Tim Wilson, Site Editor, Dark Reading

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