At the Height of His Career, Why?
Kurt Cobain was citied in the Seattle area with a shotgun. Days later on the fifth
of April, Kurt Cobain went into the small room above his garage in his Seattle home and
ended it all. Fans across the world were stunned by the news of Kurt Cobains sudden
and shocking suicide. Kurt was the leader of the multiplatinum grunge band Nirvana,
and was widely hailed as the John Lennon of his generation. He was a gifted song
writer and erratic performer. However, Cobain’s name was presented at times with
disillusionment and unhappiness. Kurt had spoken, written lyrics, and even sung in his
songs about suicide. Yet, one question could almost be echoed around the world Why?
Cobain’ s fans struggled with the huge loss of their poet of pain. It was as
though they had lost a close friend. They felt that Kurt was an artist who could read their
minds, knew their problems, and spoke their language. No one seemed to understand why
at the height of his popularity a twenty-seven year old rock sat would put a twenty-two
gauge shotgun in his mouth and pull the trigger.
The media attacked the incident. Every type of media from MTV to the entire local
Newspapers spoke something of Kurt Cobains suicide. Some blamed the suicide on his
unhappy childhood and how he was a Ritalin child. While others blamed it on his drug
addiction that he had spent all of his young life trying to relieve himself from. But why
the reasoning for the unpredictable suicide, Cobain left behind millions of fans asking
why hes gone.
Why? Most people who commit suicide do so for personal reasons, such as
despair, fears of the future, fears of failure or of not being loved. Society plays a huge
part in a lot of suicides. As society becomes more complex a persons stress level rises
which follows loneliness.
Following the initial shock came the inevitable soul searching for those closets to
him- what more should or could we have done? Cobain left behind a fairly new family.
He had recently married Courtney Love, the leader of the grunge band Hole, in 1992.
Later in 1993 they conceived a baby girl together, Frances Bean which was about two
years old at the time of Kurts death. Some say that Courtney did not grieve but there is
no way possible that she didnt, because of the fact that they reached stardom together as
a couple. One of Cobains biggest regrets said by the media was leaving his family
behind. He wrote his suicide note to Courtney and Frances exclaiming his love. The
suicide note ended with the words, I Love You, I Love You, and I Love You Always.
Consequences of Kurt Cobains suicide was the let down to all of his fans, his
family, and his friends. This proves the fact that suicide can happen to the best of us. It
can happen to the homeless man on the street or the rock star of the decade.
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