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The Memory of Kurt Cobain Lives on 10 Years After His Death Print E-mail
Monday, 05 April 2004
It was ten years ago today that grunge guru Kurt Cobain reportedly committed suicide in his Seattle home. Quoting Neil Young in his suicide note, Cobain wrote: “its better to burn out than fade away” right before he allegedly held a gun under his chin and pulled the trigger to end his life. He was 27 years old, the same age as famed rock stars Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison when they died.

Cobain, front man of the band Nirvana, has been credited with popularizing grunge rock. The group, formed in the late 80s, only came out with three major-label albums during their duration including the massively popular “Nevermind” in 1991. "Rolling Stone" magazine rated Nirvana as the #27 Greatest Artist of all time, sandwiched between The Ramones at #26 and Prince at #28. Dave Grohl, Nirvana's drummer, has since gone on to head the band Foo Fighters. While the 10 year anniversary of any one else’s death may result in light contemplation, maybe a candle light vigil or two, Cobain’s 10 year anniversary has been marked in the media by the launch of a new book that supposes he was murdered, and did not commit suicide. The new book, written by journalists Max Wallace and Ian Halperin, has been getting wide coverage on shows like Dateline NBC and The Today Show mainly because it does everything but flat out accuse Courtney Love, Cobain’s wife and the mother to his child, Francis Bean, of killing him.

With this new book and the alleged scandal it unveils, Cobain joins the rank of musicians that have fallen prey to posthumous gossip surrounding the truth about their deaths. Jim Morrison may have faked his own death, Elvis never really died, Kurt Cobain didn’t really commit suicide, he was murdered by his wife. It seems as though Americans just can't let go to their favorite rock stars and this new conspiracy theory surrounding Cobain's death only affirms the fact that he was a legend in his own right.

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