April 5, 1994

On this day in 1994, Kurt Cobain, singer of Nirvana, one of the greatest rock and roll bands in the world, took his own life.

Cobain often spoke of endless stomach problems and bouts with depression. He struggled with massive drug addiction, heroin being his preferred drug of choice, and ultimately seemed bothered by the ways of the world in general.

Not even two months after turning 27 years old, Cobain decided it was time to join the famous club of dead musicians. He had jumped the wall at a detox centre (even though you can just sign yourself out and walk out the door) in Marina Del Rey, California, on April 1, 1994, and took a plane home to Seattle, Washington, where, for the next seven days his actions remain unclear – even 19 years later.

Cobain’s wife, Courtney Love, hired an investigator to track Cobain down during this “missing” period. Very early into the investigation, things didn’t seem right and the investigator, Tom Grant, felt Love had sent him on dead-end leads, lying constantly about almost everything. Grant had even gone to the Cobain home, located at 171 Lake Washington Boulevard, to look for Cobain but was unsuccessful in finding him.

Grant was accompanied by Cobain’s best friend, Dylan Carlson, but they had only searched the main home and Grant was unaware of the garage and greenhouse located at the back and to the left of the home. This was also during a rain storm in the pitch dark.

On April 8, 1994, a Veca Electric employee was called to the home by Love to install security lighting. He would end up finding Cobain’s body lying on the floor inside the greenhouse. The Seattle Police Department report states that Cobain was found dead with a shotgun across his body and a suicide note close by.

Kurt Cobain’s death certificate states that his death was a result of a “contact perforating shotgun wound to the head”, and found it to be a suicide. It is estimated that Cobain died on April 5, 1994. Cobain would leave behind his notorious wife, Courtney Love, as well as his one-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Frances Bean Cobain.

1 Comment on April 5, 1994

  1. I was in my car driving down the 400 hwy headed to Yorkdale mall when I heard it on the radio. I remember.

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