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.
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.
Cobain’s tragic end has also been discussed recently in the wake of the suicide of L’Wren Scott and the overdose death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, as fans and friends alike wondered what drives such stars who seem to have it all to destroy themselves at the peak of their careers.
Check out the gallery above to re-live some of Kurt Cobain’s most memorable moments in photographs.