It’s been more than two decades since Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain took his own life, and yet he remains a controversial figure. Some still insist that he was murdered, while others claim that he simply couldn’t handle the fame and pressure that came with being a rock star. Whatever the case may be, there’s no doubt that Cobain’s death left a lasting impact on the music industry and popular culture as a whole.
As the world marks the 28th anniversary of Cobain’s death on April 5, 1994, we take a look at 10 facts you didn’t know about the Nirvana singer’s untimely demise.
1. The gun found near Kurt Cobain’s body was a Remington Model 11 20-gauge shotgun that was purchased by his wife, Courtney Love.
2. The original police photos of Kurt Cobain’s death scene were released years later because the case was considered closed and no longer needed to be protected as a potential homicide scene.
3. Before his death, Kurt Cobain made it clear that he did not want a funeral service or a gravestone.
4. The suicide note found next to Kurt Cobain’s body was addressed to his imaginary childhood friend “Boddah.” And if you look closely at the note, there is no mention of wife Courtney Love or daughter Frances Bean Cobain.
5. When Kurt Cobain died, he had a large amount of heroin in his body, but no track marks were found on his arms.
6. Kurt Cobain was cremated two days after he died and the cost of his cremation totaled around $4,000. Courtney Love paid for it with her credit card.
7. The police report stated that at the time of Kurt’s death there were no indications of any drug paraphernalia found in his home. However, Kurt’s heroin kit was later found by private investigator Tom Grant after he obtained permission to search the Cobain home on April 8.
8. A public vigil was held for Kurt Cobain on April 10, 1994, at a park in Seattle, but police were forced to close it down after crowds became uncontrollable.
9. Among the possessions found at Kurt Cobain’s home were two guns, a bottle of Valium, an open box of Rohypnol (a sedative used to treat insomnia), and some benzodiazepine pills. There was also some cocaine found in the house.
10. In a handwritten note, Kurt Cobain accused him of “a corporate wh*re” and concluded by saying “I have lost Nirvana.”
Facts about the death of Kurt Cobain show that he was a complex individual who struggled with fame but left behind an undeniable body of work. In honor of what would have been his 55th birthday on February 20 and in recognition that it has now been 28 years since his passing, we take a look at 10 facts you may not have known about this iconic rock star’s untimely demise. It is important to remember him as more than just “the guy from Nirvana.” He had hopes, dreams, and struggles like everyone else does-and today’s music world would be very different without him!