Twenty years ago today, troubled Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain was found dead from a gunshot wound in his Washington state home. The singer/songwriter was just 27 years old.
1. Kurt Cobain: Unplugged
Kurt performing on MTV. Nirvana's "Unplugged" show became one of the network's highest-rated broadcasts.
2. Kurt Cobain Interview Photo
Kurt on MTV in the 90s. The singer was rock's biggest name for several years.
3. Kurt Cobain Daughter Photo
Kurt with daughter Frances. The singer would take his own life just months after this photo was taken.
4. Kurt Cobain Rolling Stone
Cobain on the cover of Rolling Stone following his death. The singer was just 27 years old.
6. Kurt Cobain on MTV
Kurt peforming during "Nirvana: Unplugged." The recording went on to become a best-selling album.
Today, Cobain continues to exert tremendous influence over the music world and fans and musicians from around the world have gathered outside Kurt's home as well as at nearby Viretta Park in Seattle to leave flowers and personal messages, many of them sporting flannel shirts in honor of the singer's ties to the 90s grunge scene.
Musicians ranging from Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong to folk-rock legend Neil Young have offered public tributes to Cobain and his music, sharing personal stories about how they were influenced by his work.
Two decades later, the cause of Cobain's death remains a source of controversy. Conspiracy theories abound negating the ruling that the singer took his own life, and just last month new photos from the scene of Cobain's death were released by Seattle police, re-opening old debates about what exactly killed the rock icon.