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Kurt Cobain

Born: February 20, 1967(1967-02-20), Aberdeen, Washington,

Died:  April 5, 1994, Seattle, Washington,

Age at Death: 27

Circumstances of Death: Suicide, shot gun wound to the head.

Notable because: Achieved groundbreaking spectacular success with Nirvana as a writer, singer, performer, then at the height of his success, succumbed to heroin fueled suicidal depression at just 27.


Kurt Donald Cobain was an American musician who served as lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter for the Seattle-based rock band Nirvana.

Kurt Cobain was born in Aberdeen, a small town close to Seattle, Washington. Cobain was a happy child, but was hyperactive.  When he was 7, his parents divorced. He took it very hard and was extremely hard to live with, so his parents sent him to live with relatives.  Growing up, he listened to bands such as The Monkees and The Beatles, but later listened to bands such as Black Sabbath and the Sex Pistols. When he was 14, he bought his first guitar and began to experiment with different musical styles.

Cobain formed Nirvana in 1987 with Krist Novoselic. Within two years, the band became a fixture of the burgeoning Seattle grunge scene. In 1991, the arrival of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" marked the beginning of a dramatic shift of popular rock music away from the dominant genres of the 1980s (glam metal, arena rock, and dance-pop) and toward grunge and alternative rock. The music media eventually awarded the song "anthem-of-a-generation" status, and, with it, Cobain was labeled a "spokesman" for Generation X.

During the last years of his life, Cobain struggled with drug addiction and the media pressures surrounding him and his wife, Courtney Love. On April 8, 1994, Cobain was found dead in his home in Seattle, the victim of what was officially ruled a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head. In ensuing years, the circumstances of his death became a topic of fascination and debate.

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