16 Years Ago Today: I Was 19, He was 27

nirvanaOn this day in 1994, Kurt Cobain killed himself. I was 19 at the time. When a music lover's favourite artist shoots himself in the head, it tends to be a pretty big fucking deal. When that music lover is a teenager, you upgrade that BFD to DEFCON 2.

If you're looking to revisit the short but stellar career of Nirvana, check out my Nirvana primer. I wrote that one off the top of my head, because I was there and I remember.

If you're looking for some stuff I've written about Kurt Cobain over the years, you might want to start with this one and then crawl through my Nirvana category archive.

Kurt was pure genius, and I miss him.

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I wasn't a fan of Nirvana - but he was a blossom ready to grow MUCH furher with everything he had going for him at time before his suicide.

Just like Janis, Jimy H. & JIm Morrison. They died a different way but overall the same as Curt.

April 5, 2010 @ 7:57 PM



I was 17 and confused well before my favorite musician offed himself.

Bad day. Bad.

April 5, 2010 @ 8:56 PM


I skipped school that day (I too was 19)to go shopping at HMV on Yonge (I came in from the 'burbs). I remember coming out of the store and seeing a few news reporters speaking to people on the sidewalk, but I didn't think too much about it. I remember putting on the cds on that I bought when I got home, and putting the tv on mute as I got ready to go to a buddy's house. The 6 o'clock news came on (I even remember that it was CFTO), I looked at the screen,and saw pictures of Kurt in the opening. Before I switched the TV sound on, I just knew what had happened. Looking back, unfortunatley, I don't think anyone was suprised. I was never a Nirvana fan, I must admit, but without him, I know that so many great bands/musicians would have never came to be.

April 5, 2010 @ 10:10 PM


I was 30 at the time and don't recall thinking much about it. I have always found it hard to generate sympathy for deaths from suicide or an OD. John Lennon's death, however, will always have a major impact on me.

April 6, 2010 @ 9:42 AM


I'm more with Wayner here than Mike. I was 32 and remember thinking it was "sad", but I was much more upset when I was 19 and heard that John Lennon had been murdered. I think the different reactions are as much due to age as anything else.

April 6, 2010 @ 11:54 AM

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