20 years later, fans recall impact of Kurt Cobain's suicide

Nirvana's Kurt Cobain performs in Seattle, Wash., on Dec. 13, 1993.

Kurt Cobain's suicide shocked a world of music lovers.

In the span of several years, the Nirvana frontman had rocketed from a kid playing loud rock 'n' roll to the leader of the biggest band in the world — a band that would remain a huge influence on musicians and fans for decades.

Cobain's death devastated and baffled a generation whose musical education included grunge bands, Nirvana chief among them.

Cobain and Nirvana have continued to sell millions of albums, and next week, the band will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

On the anniversary of his death, fans and readers recalled memories of Nirvana, its frontman and Cobain's untimely demise.

I was working at Homer's in Bellevue. All these kids after school came in and sat by the Nirvana section and cried.


A rumor went around in ninth grade English class. We went home and turned on MTV to find out for sure. I remember girls crying in the hallway.


I was a junior in high school living in Beatrice, Neb. Obviously Nirvana had shaped a lot of my high school years. I came home from school and turned MTV on. My friends came down from Lincoln. We were supposed to go out on the town that night. Instead, we spent the evening glued to MTV. It was shocking! The first real celebrity death that I had experienced in my young life.

Hearing the album “Nevermind” was mind blowing. It was nothing I had ever experienced, and any teenage angst I had was calmed by Nirvana. As a teenager, his death didn't make sense to me. As an adult, I'm surprised he was alive for as long as he was. He will live forever as generations experience the music for their first time, possibly helping others with their teenage angst as well.


I was watching the news when I heard, and cried. It was believable and unbelievable, all at the same time. It's our generation's “Where were you...?” moment. My husband, our friends, all remember where we were when we heard the news and how devastated we were.


My dad bought “Nevermind” when it came out, and as a 10-year-old kid, I loved it. Needless to say, been a fan since.


Nirvana is still such a good band. Those too young to know are missing out.


I was in the bathroom getting ready for school, and my dad yelled “Hey, some guy from that band you like is dead.”

I walked into the living room and saw them playing footage from one of their performances on the TV. And then they said his name. I immediately started bawling. I don't think my mom made me go to school that day.


I was in the car with my mom, picking up my 15-ish-year-old brother at his first job. I was 9, so I didn't care. If I remember right, he cried in the car.


We were standing in the driveway after band practice and someone told us the news. Instantly bummed I missed the Aksarben show.

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