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“It’s better to burn out than to fade away.”

These words were penned by Neil Young in his famous song, “Hey Hey, My My,” but took on new meaning when Kurt Cobain quoted them in his suicide note.

Grunge rocker. Music pioneer. Rock God. Troubled individual. Kurt Cobain was all of those things and more, and his legend has only grown since his death.

R.I.P. Kurt Cobain - A Tribute

Cobain died from a gunshot wound inflicted in what police ruled a suicide. He was not found dead on April 8, but died April 5, 1994 – 17 years ago today.

Controversy still swirls around his death and legacy, but this much is certain:

His music and lyrics reflected much inner turmoil, came along at a unique time for rock, and won over millions of fans, cementing his place in history.

Above is a tribute to Kurt Cobain to mark this sad occasion. Follow the jump for one of the Nirvana frontman’s most memorable performances …

R.I.P. Kurt Cobain - A Tribute