Kurt Cobain (1967-1994) was a singer-songwriter and the front man for the band Nirvana. The group's debut album, Nevermind, was a smash hit that ushered in a new trend in rock—coined "grunge" rock—based in the American Northwest.
On 8 April 1994, the body of Kurt Cobain was discovered in the singer's home near Seattle, Washington. Autopsy reports concluded that Cobain died approximately three days earlier of a "self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head." Cobain's suicide crushed a generation of rock fans who had been inspired by the singer's introspective lyrics.