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Kurt Cobain (February 20, 1967  April 5, 1994) was best known as the lead singer, guitarist, and primary songwriter of the rock band Nirvana. Cobain formed Nirvana with Krist Novoselic in Aberdeen, Washington, in 1987 and established it as part of the Seattle music scene and grunge genre. Nirvana's debut album Bleach was released on the independent record label Sub Pop in 1989. After signing with major label DGC Records, the band found breakthrough success with "Smells Like Teen Spirit" from their second album Nevermind (1991). Following the success of Nevermind, Nirvana was labeled "the flagship band" of Generation X, and Cobain hailed as "the spokesman of a generation". Cobain, however, was often uncomfortable and frustrated, believing his message and artistic vision to have been misinterpreted by the public, with his personal issues often subject to media attention. During the last years of his life, Cobain struggled with heroin addiction, chronic health problems and depression. He also had difficulty coping with his fame and public image, and the professional and personal pressures surrounding himself and his wife, musician Courtney Love. On April 8, 1994, Cobain was found dead at his home in Seattle, the victim of what was officially ruled a suicide by a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head. The circumstances of his death at age 27 have become a topic of public fascination and debate. Since their debut, Nirvana, with Cobain as a songwriter, has sold over 25 million albums in the U.S., and over 75 million worldwide. Cobain was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014, along with Nirvana bandmates Novoselic and Dave Grohl, in their first year of eligibility. (AP Photo)

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Kurt Cobain, lead singer for the Seattle-based band Nirvana, had been "treating live performance like a heinous production line chore for at least a year," said biographer Nick Soulsby. (Associated Press)

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Huddie William "Lead Belly" Ledbetter, with his 12-string guitar, inspired Bob Dylan and Kurt Cobain.

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Kurt Cobain 1967-1994 - the singer ushered in the 'Grunge' scene in the early '90s with Nirvana. But fame was never his intention, and it seemed to add to his suffering, brought on by depression, chronic bronchitis and heroin addiction. He died at 27 of a self-inflicted gunshot to the head. (AP Photo/Mark J.Terrill)

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FILE - This April 1994 photo from the Seattle Police Department shows a wallet containing Kurt Cobain's Washington state driver's license, found at the scene of his suicide, in Seattle. A handwritten note police discovered in Kurt Cobain's wallet after his suicide disparages his wife Courtney Love. CBS News reports Wednesday, April 30, 2014, that the note was taken from Cobain's wallet when police arrived at his home on April 8, 1994, after Cobain fatally shot himself. The note was never made public. CBS obtained it from the Seattle Police via a public information request. The network reports that the undated note, apparently written by Cobain on stationery from San Francisco's Phoenix Hotel, is written like a mock wedding vow. It references Love as Cobain's "lawful shredded wife" who would be "siphoning" his money for drugs. (AP Photo/Seattle Police Department)

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FILE - This 1993 file photo shows Kurt Cobain, lead singer of Nirvana. A handwritten note police discovered in Kurt Cobain's wallet after his suicide disparages his wife Courtney Love. CBS News reports Wednesday, April 30, 2014, that the note was taken from Cobain's wallet when police arrived at his home on April 8, 1994, after Cobain fatally shot himself. The note was never made public. CBS obtained it from the Seattle Police via a public information request. The network reports that the undated note, apparently written by Cobain on stationery from San Francisco's Phoenix Hotel, is written like a mock wedding vow. It references Love as Cobain's "lawful shredded wife" who would be "siphoning" his money for drugs. (AP Photo/Mark J.Terrill, File)

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FILE - This Dec. 13, 1993 file photo shows Kurt Cobain of the Seattle band Nirvana performing in Seattle, Wash. Nirvana, which changed music and fashion in the 1990s with the punk rock-inspired grunge sound, is joining the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in a class with Kiss, Peter Gabriel and Hall & Oates. Nirvana is being inducted in its first year of eligibility. The trio's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" hit like a thunderclap upon its 1991 release, briefly making the Pacific Northwest rock's hottest scene before the band ended abruptly with singer Kurt Cobain's suicide in 1994. (AP Photo/Robert Sorbo, File)

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Portland resident Kim Hoffman scrawls the quote, "who needs action when you have words?" in memory of Nirvana's lead singer, Kurt Cobain, on a bench near the home where he died on the 20th anniversary of his death Saturday, April 5, 2014, at Viretta Park in Seattle, Wash. On April 10, Nirvana will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Jordan Stead) STAND ALONE PHOTO. MAGS OUT; NO SALES; SEATTLE TIMES OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT; TV OUT

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A view of the home where Nirvana's Kurt Cobain killed himself in 1994, photographed Saturday, April 5, 2014, at Viretta Park in Seattle, Wash. On April 10, Nirvana will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Jordan Stead)

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With the whole family decked out in plaid shirts and Converse All Star shoes, mother Natalie Sullivan, holding daughter Frieda, and father Tyler Sullivan, holding son Varga, paid homage to the late rock icon of Nirvana's lead singer, Kurt Cobain, near the home where Cobain died on the 20th anniversary of his death, Saturday, April 5, 2014, at Viretta Park in Seattle, Wash. On April 10, Nirvana will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Jordan Stead) STAND ALONE PHOTO. MAGS OUT; NO SALES; SEATTLE TIMES OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT; TV OUT

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Fans of Nirvana's lead singer, Kurt Cobain, paid homage to the late rock icon with offerings of flowers, unopened beers and handwritten notes on a bench near the home where Cobain died on the 20th anniversary of his death Saturday, April 5, 2014, at Viretta Park in Seattle, Wash. On April 10, Nirvana will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Jordan Stead)

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Nirvana fans who travelled from Georgia, Katlyn Reece, background, and Rachel Walraven, foreground, paid homage to the late Kurt Cobain, with handwritten notes on a bench near the home where Cobain died on the 20th anniversary of his death Saturday, April 5, 2014, at Viretta Park in Seattle, Wash. On April 10, Nirvana will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Jordan Stead) MAGS OUT; NO SALES; SEATTLE TIMES OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT; TV OUT

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FILE - This Dec. 13, 1993 file photo shows Kurt Cobain of the Seattle band Nirvana performing in Seattle, Wash. Two decades after Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain killed himself in Seattle, fans flocked to his home to pay homage to the influential rocker Saturday April 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Robert Sorbo, File)

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Portland residents Ashly Archibald, 26, left, and Kim Hoffman, 28, right, scrawls the quote, "who needs action when you have words?" in memory of Nirvana's lead singer, Kurt Cobain, on a bench near the home where he died on the 20th anniversary of his death Saturday, April 5, 2014, at Viretta Park in Seattle, Wash. On April 10, Nirvana will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Jordan Stead) STAND ALONE PHOTO. MAGS OUT; NO SALES; SEATTLE TIMES OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT; TV OUT