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Rock Hall Anniversary: Death of Kurt Cobain

Nirvana is one of most influential bands in the 1990s, changing the course of popular music, as well as being key in putting Seattle on the musical map. Sadly, their run would come to an abrupt end, thanks to the loss of one of their own.

It was April 8th, 1994 when the world was shocked by the news that lead singer Kurt Cobain was found dead in his Seattle home. He was discovered by an electrician hired to install security lighting, and his death was estimated to have occurred three days prior, and ruled a suicide. Prior to that tragic day, Cobain had struggled with Nirvana’s overwhelming success, as well as other issues including depression and a heroin addiction. By March 1994, Cobain was reaching his breaking point, when he was rushed to a German hospital, after was stated to be a suicide attempt. On March 30th, he checked into a rehab center in Los Angeles, but fled after just two days.

For the next seven days, he would be nowhere to be found, until that fateful day on April 8th when the electrician found him dead. Cobain was cremated, and a public memorial service took place at the Seattle Center, where a recording of wife Courtney Love reading Cobain’s suicide note was played. Many theories have followed Cobain’s passing, including some that indicates that Cobain was murdered. Also, because of his death at the age of 27, he is one of the most well known members of the “27 Club”, which also includes Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Jim Morrison.

Despite his short life, as well as the various theories surrounding his death, Kurt Cobain remains an icon. He has been hailed as one of the greatest singers and guitarists of all time, and the music of Nirvana continues to win accolades. This year in 2014, Cobain, along with Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl, will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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