There is a refuted claim that holds that popular musicians, artists and actors are at high risk of dying at the age of 27. The likes of Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Jean-Michel Basquiat, among many others, had all passed away by this age before musician Kurt Cobain, best known as guitarist and frontman of rock band Nirvana joined the listing.

Like those mentioned above, Cobain is considered to be one of the most talented, iconic and influential musicians in history, thanks to the role he played in popularizing alternative rock. Read on to learn more about his life and death.

Kurt Cobain Biography (Age)

On February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington, Kurt Donald Cobain was welcomed into the world. He was born to Wendy Elizabeth (née Fradenburg) and Donald Leland Cobain. Her mother was a waitress while her father was an auto mechanic.

From an early age, Cobain developed an interest in arts and music, as he drew his favorite movie and cartoon characters and also sang. At age four, he reportedly started playing the piano and writing songs about his visit to a local park. At the age of 14, his uncle would have given the young boy either a bicycle or a guitar, for which he would have chosen a guitar.

After his parents divorced, Cobain continued to hone his musical abilities throughout his teenage years, forming the band Fecal Matter while attending Aberdeen High School. However, he dropped out two weeks before graduation because he did not have enough credits to graduate. This prompted his mother to kick him out. The young man then lived with friends before he could find his own apartment.

In the following years Kurt Cobain, who had formed the band Nirvana with Krist Novoselic, struggled to find a drummer as they spent an unsuccessful tour disillusioning him with his music career. The duo then hired drummer Chad Channing and they recorded the album Bleach. After Channing left the band, Nirvana achieved mainstream success by hiring drummer Dave Grohl who helped them popularize an alternative rock subgenre called “grunge” when they released the album Nevermind in 1991.

woman and girl

For the last two years of his life, Kurt Cobainwas married to singer and actress Courtney Love. There are conflicting reports about when and exactly when the couple first met, but it is known to be between 1989 and 1991.

According to Love, she first met her future husband in 1989 at a Dharma Bums show in Portland, Oregon, where they briefly talked and she developed a crush on him. The couple were reportedly officially introduced again in Los Angeles in May 1991 at a concert by L7 and Butthole Surfers. Following this meeting, Love began suing Cobain, and the two men came together to defend each other’s interests, including drug use.

In late 1991, Cobain and Love became a couple and they later exchanged their wedding vows on February 24, 1992 on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii. Love notably wore a satin and lace dress while her husband wore pajamas. At the time of their marriage, Love was already pregnant with the couple’s only child, Frances Bean Cobain, born August 18, 1992.

Net value

According to the Celebrity Net Worth website, Kurt Cobain at the time of his death had a net worth of $50 million. That figure and the late musician’s estate have since grown to a value of more than $200 million through royalties, publishing rights and investment dividends.


Throughout his time in the spotlight, Kurt Cobain was known to be a heavy drug user. According to some sources, he started smoking marijuana at the age of 13, before slowly switching to many other hallucinogenic and opioid drugs. In the late 1980s, the singer began to use heroin sporadically, and by the end of 1990 he developed a drug addiction.

In March 1994, Cobain was diagnosed with bronchitis and severe laryngitis. While seeking medical treatment, he attempted suicide by overdosing on champagne and Rohypnol and had to spend about a week recovering before being sent home. In the following days he continued to show suicidal tendencies which prompted his wife to call the police at their home. She then arranged an intervention for his drug use, pushing him to agree to enter a drug rehabilitation program.

After checking into a facility in Los Angeles, Cobain abandoned the program and escaped by jumping over its 6-foot-tall fence. He reportedly took a taxi to the airport to return home to Seattle, but he never returned home. He was spotted in different places in the city, but neither his wife nor his friends knew where he was.

On April 8, 1994, the leader of Nirvana was found dead at his home on Lake Washington Boulevard by an electrician who came to install a security system. According to coroner’s reports, Kurt Cobain, who died on April 5, 1994, died days before he was discovered. He committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. A high concentration of heroin and traces of diazepam were found in his body.

the size

Kurt Cobain who was known for his distinctive features such as blue eyes, natural dark brown hair often dyed many colors and a slender body stood at a height of 175cm (5ft 9in). He also weighed about 63 kg.