He had left behind a powerful musical legacy and some of the era's most enduring songs including "Lithium," "In Bloom," "Heart-Shaped Box," "Pennyroyal Tea" and "About a Girl."
Cobain was mourned in the days after his suicide by fans, fellow musicians and his wife, and his ashes were scattered into Washington's Wishkah River.
On April 8, 1994, Cobain was found dead in his home in Seattle. His death was ruled by authorities as a suicide by self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head.
On 4 March 1994, while in his hotel room in Rome, Italy, he attempted suicide by taking an overdose of drugs.
While his band was struggling to make it, Cobain made a fateful connection in his personal life. In 1990, Cobain met his match in an edgy rocker named Courtney Love.
Smells Like Teen Spirit became Nirvana's most highly acclaimed and instantly recognizable song.
In 1989 Nirvana recorded their debut album Bleach under the independent label Sub-Pop records.
In 1988 he started the grunge band Nirvana.
When Cobain was eleven he heard and was captivated by the Britain's Sex Pistols and after their self-destruction Cobain and friend Krist Novoselic continued to listen to the wave of British bands including Joy Division the nihilistic post-punk band that some say Nirvana are directly descended from in form of mood, melody and lyrical quality.
Kurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington.