Kurt Donald Cobain was the lead singer of the grunge band “Nirvana” together with Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl. He was married to Courtney Love singer/guitarist with the band Hole with whom he had a daughter, Frances Bean Cobain. Cobain was born in Aberdeen, Washington and spent his early years there. He moved to the Seattle area in 1985. Best known for the song Smells Like Teen Spirit, he also wrote the song, Lithium, about the medication lithium carbonate, which is used to treat bipolar disorder. Cobain was highly influential in creating and popularizing what came to be termed “grunge” music – a style that evolved as a reaction against the perceived superficiality of 1980s stadium rock and over-the-top metal bands.
Cobain reportedly committed suicide at the age of 27 with a shotgun blast in his mouth. His body was discovered three days later in his Seattle home by maintenance workers. Toxicology officials have stated that even though Cobain’s tolerance level was extremely high, the amount of heroin injected into his body would have been enough to kill him.
In Cobain’s suicide note he quoted lyrics in Neil Young’s song My My, Hey Hey: “It’s Better to burn out, than to fade away.” Cobain’s use of the lyrics had a profound impact on Young, who recorded portions of the “Sleeps With Angels” album in Cobain’s memory.
Kurt Cobain was cremated; it has been reported that one third of his ashes were scattered in a Buddhist temple in New York, another third were scattered in the Wishkah River in Aberdeen, Washington, and the rest are with Courtney Love.
Writer Charles Cross published a biography of Cobain titled “Heavier than Heaven” in 2001. The next year a collection of Cobain’s journal excerpts was released. Years after his passing, Cobain continues to intrigue and inspire fans, most notably with the release of a new track You Know You’re Right in the fall of 2002, along with a greatest hits album, titled simply “Nirvana.”