On April 5, 1994 Kurt Cobain committed suicide via a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
He is best remembered as being part of the band Nirvana, as well as being a symbol of rebellion in terms of counterculture. Nirvana’s signature song has arguably been “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” which was certified platinum, and often labeled the anthem of Generation X. Cobain at times wasn’t able to handle the pressure of success, and struggled with drug addiction (e.g. heroin), personal issues (e.g. his marriage with fellow musician Courtney Love and being a father to their daughter. Frances Bean Cobain), as well as depression. Prior to his death on April 5, Cobain had checked out of a rehabilitation program, and according to Love, was suicidal. On April 5, 1994 Cobain was found in his home in Seattle, with a gunshot wound to the head, a shotgun across his body, as well as a suicide note. His death at the age of 27 has made him a member of the infamous “27 Club;” a “club” in which artists who were at their peak of success died under tragic circumstances at 27.
He was cremated and left behind his wife, Courtney Love, and their daughter, Frances Bean Cobain.