Kurt Cobain's musical influence has remained strong despite his untimely death 10 years ago.
BBC News Online looks at fellow rock icons who left an enduring legacy after dying in tragic circumstances.
Jimi Hendrix coaxed new sound out of the electric guitar, blending blues with R&B and rock over three groundbreaking albums.
His live performances - which saw Hendrix play the guitar behind his back, with his teeth or even set it on fire - threatened to overshadow his achievements as a songwriter and musician.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience's psychedelic 1967 debut - Are You Experienced? - spawned the experimental albums Axis: Bold As Love and Electric Ladyland.
A shaky Woodstock performance hinted at his personal problems, and Hendrix died of asphyxiation after choking on his vomit on 18 September 1970, aged 27.
Jim Morrison wrote lyrics dark and intriguing enough to bring out the best in his band The Doors' psychedelic rock.
He defied the lyrical niceties of the flower power age in favour of the brooding Riders On The Storm and intense Break On Through, inspired by Morrison's regular experiments with hallucinogenic drugs.
As The Doors' fame grew, his hedonistic public image moved further away from his withdrawn, private persona - and threatened to split the band.
Morrison was found dead in his bath on 3 July 1971, the victim of an apparent heart attack. He was 27.
Marc Bolan scored his first hit with the whimsical, acoustic Ride a White Swan in 1970 but conquered that decade's glam rock scene by electrifying his sound.
The androgynous Londoner and his band T Rex horrified parents with the lusty Hot Love and Get It On, joining Metal Guru and Telegram Sam at the top of the singles chart.
US success proved more elusive, but with girlfriend Gloria Jones he created a smoother, more soulful sound to broaden his appeal.
Bolan died in Barnes, south-west London, on 13 September 1977 aged 29, when the Mini driven by Jones crashed into a tree.
Sid Vicious was born John Simon Ritchie but renamed by John Lydon when he invited the Sex Pistols' fan to join the punk band in 1977.
Although he could not play his bass guitar and could not sing, preferring to spend gigs drunkenly shouting at hecklers, Vicious epitomised the nihilistic energy of punk.
Following the band's ill-fated US tour, Vicious performed a solo version of My Way for the band's Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle film.
Lydon tried to separate Vicious from his girlfriend and heroin addict Nancy Spungen, but after she was found stabbed in their New York apartment, Vicious died of a heroin overdose, aged 21, on 2 February 1979.
Freddie Mercury elevated Queen above the slew of traditional four-piece rock bands with his strong vocals and flamboyant onstage personality.
Queen took 40 songs into the UK top 40 between 1974 and 1991, including Bohemian Rhapsody, We Are the Champions and Radio Gaga.
Mercury publicly stated that he had an Aids-related illness on 23 November 1991, and died one day later aged 45.
Kurt Cobain compared himself to Mercury in his suicide note, saying the Queen frontman seemed to "relish in the love and adoration from the crowd which is something I totally admire and envy".
Michael Hutchence and INXS became Australian superstars in 1983 with third album Shabooh Shoobah, their radio-friendly rock enhanced by his seductive charisma.
Four years later Britain and the US would also fall at their feet thanks to Kick, which generated the singles Need You Tonight, Devil Inside, New Sensation and Never Tear Us Apart.
Their success could not be sustained, however, and when Elegantly Wasted was released in 1997, there was more interest in Hutchence's relationships with Kylie Minogue and TV host Paula Yates than INXS' music.
Hutchence was found hanged on 22 November that year in his Sydney hotel room, aged 37. Yates was found dead from a heroin overdose at her London home three years later.