Kurt Cobain (born 20th February 1967; died 5th April 1994) was the frontman of American grunge band Nirvana.
Net Worth: Kurt Cobain had a net worth of $100 million at the time of his death according to Celebrity Net Worth.
Childhood: Kurt Cobain was born in Aberdeen, Washington. His parents were waitress Wendy and mechanic Donald Cobain, but they divorced when Cobain was just seven, with Wendy remarrying into a particularly abusive relationship. Cobain had a lot of musical relatives and proved to be a competent artist at a young age. He first began to play piano at the age of four. His behaviour became increasingly volatile as he was growing up and ended up leaving high school and becoming homeless for a time. He worked at a nearby Polynesian coastal resort for a while, and started dating Tracy Marander. After their relationship ended, he began a relationship with Tobi Vail of riot grrrl band Bikini Kill though their relationship was strained.
Career: Kurt Cobain formed Nivana in 1987, with a frequently changing line-up that ended with Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, the latter of whom co-foundered the band. Cobain struggled with the fact that they weren't pulling huge crowds before the release of their debut album 'Bleach' in 1989, released through grunge label Sub Pop Records. They followed that up with their 1991 number one record 'Nevermind', which was certified diamond and featured the smash hit 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'. The final album was 1993's 'In Utero'; another number one, though it received some negative reviews from critics. Singles included the controverisal 'Rape Me' and 'All Apologies'. Cobain struggled a lot with media attention, particularly criticism surrounding his music, and he was extremely vocal about his moral and political views. He was particularly firmly proud of Nirvana performing for gay rights benefit concert No-on-Nine in 1992 and he was strongly in support of pro-choice becoming involved with L7's campaign Rock for Choice.
Personal Life: In 1992, he married Courtney Love with whom he had a child named Courtney Love. Because of their frequent drug use well-publicized by the media, Frances was taken into the care of Love's sister Jamie for some time before they were cleared by the law to have full custody. Cobain used a variety of drugs throughout his life including marijuana, LSD and later heroin. He claimed that the drug use was a way to relieve the pain from a chronic stomach condition that had not been diagnosed by a doctor. Later in his life, he began to suffer from bipolar disorder. He had a heroin overdose in 1993 before he was due to perform in New York. He didn't go to hospital, instead Love gave him a shot of Narcan to counter the effects. The second time he overdosed on March 4th 2014 was reportedly his initial suicide attempt, before he went into rehab. He left the rehab center soon after and was found in his home by an electrician with head wound and a shot gun in his hand in April.
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The Joy Division frontman was just 23 when he took his own life, and just two albums into his career. He had been suffering from depression as well as increasing anxiety surrounding his epilepsy, which he felt would prevent him from being able to perform onstage. His wife Deborah discovered his body in their home on the eve of their debut North American tour. He also left behind a baby daughter named Natalie.
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She reveals that she has been sober for two years.
Frances Bean Cobain has made the brave move of informing her social media followers of her past struggle with substance abuse, as she celebrates two years of being completely sober. She's had a difficult few months with her divorce proceedings, but she seems to be in a peaceful place at the moment.
Frances Bean Cobain at the Hilarity for Charity variety show
The 25-year-old share a brief clip of herself on Instagram enjoying the glorious Hawaii weather, captioning it with a long post about her battle with addiction. She managed to get clean in 2016, something that she describes as 'the best decision I have ever made'.
Continue reading: Kurt Cobain's Daughter Frances Bean Cobain Confesses Addiction Struggles
Dave Grohl has said a big part of grunge legends Nirvana's appeal was connecting with fans and drawing them in due to how people related to their music.
The 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' rocker joined the grunge outfit - completed by Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic - in 1990, a year after the release of debut album 'Bleach', and he connected with the group after seeing how he built a rapport with their fan base.
In 'Visit Seattle', Grohl has reflected on travelling to the city to audition for Nirvana, and the first time he saw them live in front of 1,200 people at a club.
Continue reading: Dave Grohl Says Nirvana Drew People In
Her earnings from his estate are revealed in divorce proceedings.
Kurt Cobain's daughter may only have been a year old when he died, but she's still earning a fortune from his publicity rights. With Frances Bean Cobain's divorce proceedings well under way, it has been revealed just what she earns from her father's estate alone.
Frances Bean Cobain at a charity event
The Nirvana frontman committed suicide at just 27-years-old leaving behind an impressive legacy of music that people are still avidly listening to more than twenty years later. In fact, he and his music remain so iconic that 25-year-old Frances earns $95,496 a month from his publicity rights and $6,784 in dividends - at least those were her earnings between July 2016 and June 2017.
Continue reading: Kurt Cobain Left Frances Bean Cobain Raking In $95K A Month
A theory earlier this week suggested the frontman is still alive and now playing the guitar right-handed.
Nirvana’s official Facebook page have responded to the latest internet conspiracy theory that suggests frontman Kurt Cobain is still alive, over 20 years after his death. The bizarre theory emerged online this week after a video circulated of a Peruvian singer who bore a resemblance to Cobain, performing ‘Come As You Are’.
Kurt Cobain died in 1994, but conspiracy theorists believe the Nirvana frontman lives on
In the video from 2012, singer Ramiro Saavedra was seen performing the track from Nevermind on Peruvian talent show ‘Yo Soy’. Thanks to his blonde hair, sunglass and Cobain-style outfit, Saavedra bore enough of a resemblance to Cobain for some fans to suggest that it actually was the singer, who died in 1994.
Continue reading: Nirvana Respond To The Latest 'Kurt Cobain Is Alive!' Conspiracy Theory
It will be 25 years tomorrow since the single was released to the world.
Tomorrow marks the 25th anniversary of the release of one of the greatest rock songs of all time; Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'. Their third single, it was the record that defined everything that this iconic grunge band were all about, and continues to define music to this day.
'Smells Like Teen Spirit' - released on September 10th 1991
'Smells Like Teen Spirit' became an unexpected seminal hit when it was released on September 10th 1991 as the lead single from Nirvana's second album 'Nevermind'. Noted for its catchy hook and particularly unintelligible lyrics, this Platinum certified belter is without doubt Nirvana's biggest tune and is widely regarded as a kind of 'teen revolution anthem'. Now, 25 years later, it's still just as relevant and still dwarfs many other rock songs that have attempted to supercede it.
Continue reading: 'Smells Like Teen Spirit': The 25th Anniversary Of Nirvana's Stellar Hit
She's also reportedly trying to ensure Silva has no claim on her father's $450 million estate.
Frances Bean Cobain has filed for divorce from her husband of 21 months, Isaiah Silva, it has been reported.
The Los Angeles Superior Court has confirmed that Frances has split from her husband, the 31 year old frontman of rock group The Eeries. Their separation date is listed as February 24th, 2016, less than two years after they got married in June 2014.
Frances Bean Cobain with Isaiah Silva in 2010
22 years after Cobain's suicide, the shotgun he used has been seen for the first time by the public.
In five images posted to the website of the Seattle Police Department, cold case detective Mike Ciesynski is shown holding the long 20-gauge shotgun at a number of different angles. The photos were taken back in June 2015 and placed on the department’s computer system on March 3rd this year, to be added to the investigative file.
Continue reading: Photos Of Kurt Cobain Suicide Shotgun Released By Seattle Police
The green cardigan was made famous after it was worn during the recording of Nirvana’s 'MTV: Unplugged In New York' special.
The green cardigan worn by Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain during the band’s 1993 'MTV: Unplugged In New York' special has sold at an auction in California for $140,000. The iconic item of clothing sold for nearly twice the highest estimated price during the rock memorabilia-themed auction on November 7th.
Kurt Cobain’s iconic green cardigan has sold for $140,000.
The auction was held at Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles and also featured memorabilia from Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson. The cardigan was initially expect to fetch between $60,000 and $80,000.
Continue reading: Kurt Cobain's 'MTV Unplugged' Cardigan Sells For $140,000 At Auction
A new album of Cobain's home recordings is being released on November 13th.
Brett Morgen, the director of the Kurt Cobain documentary movie Montage of Heck earlier this year, has revealed the artwork and tracklisting for the “new” album Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings, which is released next month.
The filmmaker also took the time to defend the project from the criticism that it’s received from some quarters in an interview with Rolling Stone. “Just like The Bootleg Series furthers your understanding of Bob Dylan's process, I find that Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings furthers not just our understanding of his process but represents yet another angle, another side of Kurt — an artistic outlet that he was not necessarily able to work within the context of a three-piece band.”
Brett Morgen, director of 'Montage of Heck'
Date of birth
20th February, 1967
Date of death
5th April, 1994
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