Kristen Pfaff

Birth Name:
Kristen Marie Pfaff
Birth Date:
May 26, 1967
Birth Place:
Buffalo, New York
Death Date:
June 16, 1994
Place of Death:
Swansonia Apartments, 1017 E Harrison Street, Seattle, Washington
Cause of Death:
Drug overdose - heroin
Cemetery Name:
Forest Lawn Cemetery
Claim to Fame:
Kristen Pfaff came from a family of musicians so it came as no surprise, while attending the University of Minnesota, Kristen played in a number of local groups. In 1991, she joined Janitor Joe as bassist and co-songwriter/vocalist. While on tour with Janitor Joe in 1993, she was recruited by Hole (led by Courtney Love) and moved to Seattle to help write and record the Live Through This album. At the time Seattle was ground zero for the nationwide heroin epidemic Kristen Pfaff wanted to escape Seattle's rock drug culture. Pfaff, 27, was found dead in the bathtub of her Seattle apartment. The moving van in the parking lot was packed and ready for her to move back home.

Conspiracy Theories Part Infinity

Kristen Pfaff’s autopsy was performed by Dr. Nicholas Hawthorne, the coroner who also performed Kurt Cobain’s autopsy and allegedly had a “close” relationship with Courtney Love. If you recall, Kurt Cobain’s death was ruled a suicide. Take these facts out for a spin and the result is irresponsible and damaging (to the survivors) massive internet-based conspiracy that proves without a doubt that Courtney Love had both Kurt and Kristen murdered for money and revenge.

Case in point: if you search on “Pfaff Conspiracy” you will get the exact same story using the exact same words over and over and over again.

To this we say – stop it! Just stop this crazy-ass, intellectually lazy, conspiracy nonsense.

Stop it now.

Cemetery Information:

Final Resting Place:

Forest Lawn Cemetery

1411 Delaware Avenue

Buffalo, New York, 14209


North America


Grave Location:

Section 6, Lot 45, Space 1

Grave Location Description

As you drive through the main entrance follow the white line in the road as in meanders through the cemetery. You will drive past the lake on your left and a little while later you will see Section 1 on your left. Turn at the next intersection and park about 200 feet in with Section 6 to the left and Section 4 on your right. Walk another 200 feet into Section 6 and you will see Kristen’s unique rock design memorial.

Grave Location GPS

42.92463132, -78.86326381

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