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Is This Andre the Giant with Kurt Cobain?

The original image didn't show Cobain, but it did show Andre the Giant with another celebrity.

Published Jan 31, 2022

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Claim:
A photograph shows musician Kurt Cobain with wrestler Andre the Giant.

An image supposedly showing late singer Kurt Cobain with late wrestler Andre the Giant is frequently circulated on social media. In January 2022, for example, the image was shared to the "OldSchoolCool" category of Reddit:

This is not a genuine photograph of Cobain and Andre the Giant. This is a composite image of at least two different photographs that was created by digital artist _vemix_. 

_Vemix_ is a digital artist who creates "Visual Remixes" from photographs of celebrities. The artist's work frequently features celebrities from the '80s and '90s and these digital mashups are frequently shared as if genuine on social media. We've previously covered artwork from _vemix_ that supposedly showed "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin with Mr. Rogers and another image that supposedly showed actress Betty White with musician Easy-E

In the original photograph, Andre the Giant is posing with actor Michael Douglas, not Cobain. Douglas posted the original photograph to his Facebook page in May 2020, on what would've been Andre's 74th birthday. An uncropped version of this image is available via WWE.com.

Cobain's head was superimposed on Douglas' body. The photo of Cobain's face was taken by Kevin Mazur who traveled with Nirvana during the band's "In Utero" tour. The original photograph of Cobain can be viewed in a 2014 Rolling Stone article.

If you think Andre the Giant's hands look big in this picture, you should see him holding a beer can

Sources:

“Kurt Cobain: Photographer Kevin Mazur Remembers.” Rolling Stone, 11 Apr. 2014, https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-lists/kurt-cobain-20-years-later-photographer-kevin-mazur-remembers-10829/.

“The Extraordinary Life of Andre the Giant: Photos.” WWE, https://www.wwe.com/classics/the-extraordinary-life-of-andre-the-giant-photos. Accessed 31 Jan. 2022.

Dan Evon is a former writer for Snopes.

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