This year would have seen Nirvana leader Kurt Cobain turn 53 if he had not taken his own life in April 1994. Cobain is one of the best-known members of the 27 Club, a list of musicians who died when they were 27 years old.Nirvana, the American rock band formed in Aberdeen, Washington, in 1987, was founded by lead singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic.
This has become one of the biggest bands in the world with a look and sound that would come to define the decade’s music. At the height of this fame, though, bandleader Kurt Cobain, sometimes, seemed to be an unwilling participant who had just been swept up and carried away by Nirvana’s success. He is considered to be one of the most iconic and influential rock musicians in the history of alternative music.
The iconic musician died at the age of 27 and it was a ‘shock and loss’ and one that robbed music fans of one of the most exciting artists of the generation. Kurt tragically took his own life as he was found at his Lake Washington Boulevard home by an electrician who was there to install a security system. He believed Kurt to be asleep until he saw the shotgun pointing at his chin. Kurt is believed to have died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound three days earlier.
The suicide raised immediate concerns among suicidologists and the public at large about the potential for his death to spark copycat suicides, especially among vulnerable youth. A high concentration of heroin and traces of diazepam were also found in his body.
A note was found, addressed to Cobain’s childhood imaginary friend Boddah, stating that Kurt had not “felt the excitement of listening to as well as creating music, along with really writing… for too many years now”. Kurt’s body had been lying there for days. Several sceptics questioned the circumstances of his death and pinned responsibility on his wife, Courtney Love. The death report estimated him to have died on April 5, 1994.
The legendary Nirvana front man left behind his wife, child and adoring fans at the age of 27. Since his death, Nirvana, who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014, have put out several archival live albums and compilations. The band also received a nomination in 2004 from the UK Music Hall of Fame for the title of “Greatest Artist of the 1990s”. Rolling Stone placed Nirvana at number 27 on their list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time” in 2004, and at number 30 on their updated list in 2011.
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