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Kurt Cobain, a famous figure in grunge music, continues to be remembered 30 years after he passed away

Kurt Cobain, the lead singer of Nirvana, the band that introduced the grunge trend in Seattle during the 1990s, passed away 30 years ago today.

Kurt Cobain, the lead vocalist of Nirvana, the band that introduced the grunge trend in Seattle during the 1990s, passed away 30 years ago today.

Cobain passed away on April 5, 1994, and was discovered on April 8, 1994, at his residence. It was determined that he had died a few days earlier due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound and a large dose of heroin.

Cobain and Nirvana caused a stir in the music industry and popular culture with their breakthrough song, “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” This song, released in 1991, became hugely popular and brought in substantial wealth and attention.

Nirvana’s album “Nevermind” came out in September 1991, and the music video for “Smells Like Teen Spirit” depicted Nirvana performing in a high school gym alongside rebellious cheerleaders.

By January 1992, “Nevermind” had reached the top spot on the Billboard 200 album chart. Other hits from the album included “Come as You Are,” “In Bloom,” and “Lithium.”

“These are enduring and excellent songs performed by an outstanding rock band and sung by one of the greatest rock vocalists,” author Michael Azzerad stated in the New Yorker. “Despite Kurt’s suffering — or in a determined effort to overcome it — Nirvana created uplifting music.”

As Nirvana’s fame grew, so did interest in Cobain’s personal life. Reports of heroin use and his marriage to Hole frontwoman Courtney Love attracted a lot of media attention.

In August 1992, the couple had a daughter, Frances Bean.

Eight years after Cobain’s passing, another grunge icon, Layne Staley, the lead singer of Alice in Chains, passed away. Staley died on April 5, 2002, from a heroin and cocaine overdose. His body was found two weeks after his death, when his mother and the police visited his home to check on him.

Alice and Chains also emerged from the Seattle grunge craze alongside Nirvana, Soundgarden, and Pearl Jam. The band’s album “Jar of Flies” debuted at the top of the charts.

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