Kurt Donald Cobain (February 20, 1967 – April 5, 1994) was an American singer, songwriter and musician, best known as the guitarist, primary songwriter and frontman of the rock band Nirvana.
Nirvana found global success with "Smells Like Teen Spirit" from their critically acclaimed second album Nevermind (1991)
During the last years of his life, Cobain struggled with heroin addiction and chronic health problems such as depression.
He also struggled with the personal and professional pressures of fame, and had a tumultuous relationship with his wife, fellow musician Courtney Love.
He was often heralded as a spokesman for his generation and is considered to be one of the most influential musicians in the history of alternative rock.
On April 8, 1994, Cobain was found dead at his home in Seattle at the age of 27, police concluded he had died on April 5 from a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head.
Cobain was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014