Kurt Cobain (February 20, 1967 – April 5, 1994)
was an american musician, best known as the lead singer,
guitarist and songwriter of grunge band Nirvana. Kurt is almost universally characterized as a tortured soul, the voice of alienated young people in America and beyond.
Throughout most of his life, Cobain suffered from chronic bronchitis and intense physical pain due to an undiagnosed chronic stomach condition. In the midst of self medicating his physical, mental and emotional angusih, Cobain used heroin sporadically for several years. By the end of 1990, his use developed into a full-fledged addiction.
On April 8, 1994, Cobain's body was discovered at his Lake Washington home at the age of 27. (Cobain's body had been lying there for days.) Cobain was known to be suicidal. And, although Cobain's death was officially ruled as suicide, certain aspects about his death (inconclusive evidence) have led to speculation that his death was homicide and many people beleive he was murdered by wife, Courtney Love. His so called suicide note was written to Boddah, his imaginary friend.
Kurt was an introspective and highly empathic person, he struggled with depression, physical pain and the commercial success of Nirvana until the end.
The Beatles were an early and important musical influence on Cobain. Cobain expressed a particular fondness for John Lennon. Lennon's song "In my Life" was played at Cobain's funeral.
“Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are”
"Humans are dumb. Ashamed to be a human."
"Punk is musical freedom. It's saying, doing and playing what you want. In Webster's terms, 'nirvana' means freedom from pain, suffering and the external world, and that's pretty close to my definition of Punk Rock."
“If you die you're completely happy and your soul somewhere lives on. I'm not afraid of dying. Total peace after death, becoming someone else is the best hope I've got.”
"Peace, Love, Empathy."
- Kurt Cobain
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