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Thursday, April 7, 2011
Kurt Cobain Remembered Seventeen Years After His Death
Kurt Cobain is known worldwide for his music. Though many probably may not reconcile his name with his face and sound they had been a common fixture everywhere as the presence of the faces on our coins are. Cobain is not something alien to a whole slew of people belonging to Generation X or Gen X (born after the post-World War II baby boom ended which are those born in the 1960s, ’70s and not later than 1982).
Kurt Donald Cobain, February 20, 1967 – c. April 5, 1994, was remembered by his hometown Aberdeen in Washington on Tuesday, seventeen years after his suicide, with a guitar sculpture memorial located in a park near the Young Street bridge where Nirvana’s frontman spent some of his childhood days. Notably, during the guitar sculpture dedication on Tuesday, many of those who went to the unveiling were born after his death in ‘94.
Nirvana, Cobain’s grunge band, found breakthrough success with “Smells Like Teen Spirit” from their second album Nevermind. As much as they sold millions of albums the success of their impact is really measured when Cobain, a singer-songwriter and frontman of this band, was hailed as the spokesperson of Gen X.
Before he died Cobain was struggling with heroin addiction, bronchitis and laryngitis, depression, his fame and public image as well as the professional pressures between himself and his wife, musician, Courtney Love. It’s reported that his death was the result of a second suicide attempt.
On April 8, 1994 an electrician, who was supposed to install a security system in Cobain’s Seattle mansion, found him on the floor and thought he was sleeping until he saw the gun pointing to his chin. Apart from the blood that came out of his ears there was no sign of trauma. A suicide note, to his childhood imaginary friend named Boddah, was found paraphrasing, “I haven’t felt the excitement of listening to as well as creating music, along with really writing…for too many years now”. High doses of heroin and Valium was found in his body. He had been dead already for three days before his body was found.
His death and life had been explored in films and books.
Cobain’s wife Courtney Love hired a private investigator to look for Cobain after he left rehab, a few days of only being in the program, before his death. On April 5 he barricaded himself in the granny flat behind his mansion and killed himself.
Love was in a hospital in L.A. because of a drug overdose. She was taken there two days after Cobain’s death when his body haven’t been discovered yet. A day after, on April 8 when Cobain’s body had already been found, Love went out of the hospital after a friend informed her of the discovery.
His daughter with Love, Frances Bean, was just 19 months old.