Kurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington.
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A talented, troubled performer, Kurt Cobain became a rock legend with his band Nirvana in the 1990s. Growing up in a small logging town, Kurt showed an interest in art and music. He excelled at drawing, so much so that his talents were even apparent in kindergarten. He also learned to play piano by ear and enjoyed a kiddie drum kit his parents had given him. He also received, from his uncle Chuck, a guitar. Although the instrument was fairly beat up, it inspired Cobain to learn to play and it offered him a respite from his unhappiness at home.
He started the grunge band Nirvana, with Krist Novoselic, in 1987.
Nirvana, which included lead singer and guitarist Cobain, bassist Krist Novoselic and drummer Chad Channing, recorded their first album "Bleach" in 1989. The album created quite some buzz and they were snapped up by the corporate label Geffen.
By the time they recorded their second album, "Nevermind", they were joined by a new drummer - Dave Grohl - as Channing left the band.
With the release of "Nevermind" in 1991, the band became even more popular. They then attained international success with song like "Smells Like Teen Spirit".
Cobain married fellow singer Courtney Love in February, 1992 and had a child, Frances Bean Cobain.
Unfortunately, he battled substance abuse problems all his life and found it difficult to deal with his fame. Around this time he began overdosing on substances like heroin, which he believed gave him relief from his stomach pain that he suffered from for years.
Then, on April 8, 1994, three days after being reported missing, Kurt Cobain was found dead with a gunshot wound, at his Seattle residence.