SEATTLE, May 24 (UPI) -- British footwear giant Dr. Martens apologized for "any offense" caused by publishing images showing dead rock icons wearing its footwear.
Courtney Love, wife of late U.S. rocker Kurt Cobain, expressed outrage that Cobain's image was in an ad for Dr. Martens boots that ran in Britain, People magazine said. Love's representative said the singer thought "it's outrageous that a company is allowed to commercially gain from such a despicable use of her husband's picture."
"Dr. Martens did not commission the work as it runs counter to our current marketing activities based on FREEDM, which is dedicated to nurturing grass roots creativity and supporting emerging talent," David Suddens, Dr. Martens chief executive, said in a statement Thursday. "As a consequence, Dr. Martens has terminated its relationship with the responsible agency."
The ad for the company's AirWair line is part of a campaign featuring several dead rock stars, including Sid Vicious from The Sex Pistols and Joey Ramone from The Ramones. The series hasn't surfaced in the United States.
Love and Cobain married in 1992 and had a daughter, Frances Bean, now 14. Cobain committed suicide at the couple's Seattle home in 1994.