On April 9th the world woke up to the news of Kurt Cobain’s suicide. Those who followed the grundge music of Cobain’s band, Nirvana, were angry, but not surprised. With songs such as “I Hate Myself and Want to Die” and constant references to suicide and drugs, suicide was the obvious explanation for his death. Kurt put it best when he said, “I’m thought of as this pissy, complaining, freaked-out schizophrenic who wants to kill himself all the time.” (Bozza) To many people, Cobain just joined the club of rock stars who self-destructed. Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, and Brian Jones set the precedent. The Seattle Police Department confirmed the conclusion everyone had already made; Kurt Cobain committed suicide. Sympathy was hard to find. After his death, Kurt was called a “worthless shred of human debris” by Rush Limbaugh. (Amirault). Even Cobain’s fans were not sympathetic to the pain Kurt suffered at all. They were mad. At his vigil, the crowd chanted “a**hole” because they thought of Kurt as a coward. (Jones) Cobain already had undergone a near-death experience in Rome earlier in the year that may or may not have been a suicide attempt in which Cobain digested nearly fifty pills called Rohypnol. He also locked himself in a room with a .38 caliber pistol and said he was going to kill himself after a dispute. Kurt Cobain was also notorious for hating his fame. He was once quoted as saying, “I’d rather be dead than cool.” (Jones) Kurt Cobain also had stomach pains that sometimes caused him to vomit air because he could not even hold down water. Cobain’s marriage and band were both on the brink of breaking up. The pieces of the puzzle seem to fit together perfectly. The suicide note, the pain, the history of Kurt Cobain, and the attitude everyone perceived Kurt possessed pointed to suicide. Neither Kurt Cobain’s character nor what he did previous to this incident is in question. It is true t…
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