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Last Updated: Monday, 5 April, 2004, 15:41 GMT 16:41 UK
Nirvana fans mark Cobain's death
Cobain vigil, Viretta Park
Fans in Seattle remembered Cobain at the city's Viretta Park
Fans of Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain have been remembering the star on the 10th anniversary of his death on Monday.

Hundreds of tributes to Cobain have been sent to BBC News Online, with some calling him a "genius" and the "voice of a generation".

Cobain, 27, was found dead with a gunshot wound at his home in Seattle, Washington, on 8 April 1994. It is believed he shot himself on 5 April.

Fans marked the date with a vigil in Seattle's Viretta Park.

Former Nirvana bass player Krist Novoselic said: "I go into privacy mode at this time of year."

Novoselic - who made up Nirvana alongside Cobain and drummer Dave Grohl - added: " It's something I don't like to think about, much less talk about."

Kurt Cobain quite simply saved rock music. Without him we would all be listening to packaged junk rather than his legacy of creative, angry and ultimately social music
Pete M, Bristol

Cobain, born in Aberdeen, Washington, is legendary among fans as leader of a band widely considered to be one of the most important of all time.

Nirvana were at the vanguard of the 1990s US grunge movement, creating a hard but melodic style of rock that appealed to millions.

In combining the do-it-yourself ethics of punk rock with an anti-corporate stance, they came to define what the media labelled "Generation X".

Their 1991 album Nevermind, containing the band's anthem Smells Like Teen Spirit, has sold more than 14 million copies.


Cobain was married to former Hole singer Courtney Love, mother of their daughter Frances Bean, now aged 11.

Fans of Kurt Cobain sign posters of the dead singer in Virgin Megastore
Fans sign a shrine in a London record shop

According to his suicide note, Cobain had found it difficult to come to terms with fame and success. He was also suffering from acute stomach pains, and was using heroin.

Fans gathered in Viretta Park to sing Cobain's songs and leave flowers.

Jennifer DeSilva, born in Aberdeen and now living in Seattle, said: "I try to come here every month. It's just so sad."

Andrew Harms, 24, a Seattle radio DJ, said: "The guy had an amazing creative mind, and he took all the emotions within him and expressed it through music. It was music of substance, music that seemed real to me."

Geoff Mayfield, editor of Billboard magazine, said Cobain's youthful death would preserve his legend. "These artists that die so young are frozen," he said.

Rolling Stone magazine has dedicated several pages to Cobain and declared him one of 20 legendary figures in the history of music. MTV said no one could compare to him.


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