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April 5, 2011 at 12:07 PM

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17 years after his death, fans remember Kurt Cobain on Twitter

Posted by Stephanie Clary

cobain.JPGArchive photo, April 10, 1994: Ron Wurzer / The Seattle Times: Days after Kurt Cobain's suicide in 1994, fans of the Nirvana lead singer climb onto the International Fountain during a memorial.

After Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain's death in 1994, there was an outpouring of sadness and disbelief. In Seattle, fans gathered at the Seattle Center to express their reaction to the news and remember Cobain.

From an April 9, 1994 article of reaction quotes:

"It's still a shock, I'm still feeling I'm in a weird space, and like anybody else, I wish it hadn't ended this way. I feel awful. I feel like we've lost one of the most amazing musicians of the decade."- Marco Colins, disc jockey at 107.7 (The End), an alternative rock-music station.

Cobain, then 27, was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his Madrona home April 8, 1994, and it's believed that April 5 was the day he took his own life.

Seventeen years later, fans of the iconic Seattle band are remembering his death today on Twitter, with #RIPKurtCobain and Kurt Cobain trending.

Bench next to Kurt Cobain's house #RIPKurtCobain @ Kurt Cobain Memorial Bench http://instagr.am/p/C3VQn/less than a minute ago via Instagram   Favorite | Retweet | Reply

RIP Kurt Cobain - He died on 4/5/94 but was discovered on 4/8/94. We were coming back from camping spring break senior year when news broke.less than a minute ago via web   Favorite | Retweet | Reply

I'd rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not~ RIP Kurt Cobain, you are missed.less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®   Favorite | Retweet | Reply

We've got to throw out a moment of silence: 17 years ago Kurt Cobain died. Nirvana all day in the Seattle office http://ow.ly/4tFujless than a minute ago via HootSuite   Favorite | Retweet | Reply

4/5 is a sad day round these parts as it marks the loss of both Kurt Cobain and Layne Staley, two amazing talents that left too soon. #RIPless than a minute ago via web   Favorite | Retweet | Reply

The more years that go by, the harder it is to let go of the memories. Thanks for it all Kurt Cobain!less than a minute ago via web   Favorite | Retweet | Reply



NBC News reports Kurt Cobain's death

When the news of Cobain's death broke, a controversial photo of his home and the scene ran on the front page of The Seattle Times. Then-executive editor Mike Fancher shares his own story of covering the death today on Romenesko.

Today, at 1 p.m. in Aberdeen — Cobain's hometown — a sculpture in memory of the artist will be unveiled. More information about the concrete guitar and ceremony are on Facebook.

If you have memories or photos related to Nirvana that you want to share, you may enter them into our dipity timeline, which we created to preview EMP's upcoming exhibition "Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses."

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