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Rock Star Reported in Coma after Overdose

March 4, 1994

ROME (AP) _ Kurt Cobain, lead singer of the rock group Nirvana, was in a coma today following a drug overdose, news reports said.

The public Polyclinic Hospital said that Cobain was treated in its emergency room and transferred to the American Hospital, a private clinic.

Neither hospital would comment on his condition.

ANSA said Cobain, 28, became ill after combining a large dose of the tranquilizer Roipnol with champagne.

State television said doctors at the Polyclinic pumped out his stomach.

Police said he was taken to Polyclinic Hospital around 7 a.m. (1 a.m. EST) and transferred to the clinic about five hours later.

″We are expecting a press statement later in the day,″ said the switchboard operator at the American Hospital.

News reports said Cobain and his wife, Courtney Love, were vacationing in a Rome hotel.

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