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      Kurt Cobain
      Birth nameKurt Donald Cobain
      Also known asKurdt Kobain
      Born(1967-02-20)February 20, 1967
      Aberdeen, Washington, U.S.
      DiedApril 5, 1994(1994-04-05) (aged 27)
      Seattle, Washington, U.S.
      GenresAlternative rock, grunge
      OccupationsMusician, songwriter, artist
      InstrumentsVocals, guitar, drums
      Years active1982–1994
      LabelsSub Pop, DGC/Geffen
      Associated actsNirvana, Fecal Matter
      Notable instruments
      Fender Jag-Stang
      Fender Jaguar
      Fender Mustang
      Fender Stratocaster
      Martin D-18E
      Univox Hi-Flier
      Mosrite "The Ventures" Guitar

      Kurt Donald Cobain (February 20, 1967 – April 5, 1994) was an American musician and artist, best known as the lead singer, guitarist and primary songwriter of the grunge band Nirvana. Cobain formed Nirvana with Krist Novoselic in Aberdeen, Washington in 1985 and established it as part of the Seattle music scene, having its debut album Bleach 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 its 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. He challenged Nirvana's audience with its final studio album In Utero (1993).

      During the last years of his life, Cobain struggled with heroin addiction, illness and depression. He also had difficulty coping with his fame and public image, and the professional and lifelong 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 50 million worldwide.