Kurt Cobain: April 5, 1994

<b>Pop culture passing :</b> Cobain, 27, was found in his Seattle home with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head (although some still suspect murder) and a note to his wife, <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB003052" title="Courtney Love" href="/topic/entertainment/music/courtney-love-PECLB003052.topic">Courtney Love</a>, and his daughter, Frances Bean, lying next to him.<br>
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<b>State of unrest:</b> One third of Cobain's ashes were spread along the Wishkah River, a Washington waterway he wrote about in "Something in the Way." Love held onto the rest of the ashes in a pink teddy bear-shaped bag with a lock of his hair, until the sack was stolen in 2008. In a strange twist, a Berlin-based artist named Natascha Stellmach made headlines a few months later when she claimed to be in possession of the remains and was <a href=http://www.mtv.co.uk/artists/kurt-cobain/news/45507-kurt-cobain-s-ashes-to-be-smoked>planning to smoke</a> them as part of an art exhibit.

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Pop culture passing : Cobain, 27, was found in his Seattle home with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head (although some still suspect murder) and a note to his wife, Courtney Love, and his daughter, Frances Bean, lying next to him.

State of unrest: One third of Cobain's ashes were spread along the Wishkah River, a Washington waterway he wrote about in "Something in the Way." Love held onto the rest of the ashes in a pink teddy bear-shaped bag with a lock of his hair, until the sack was stolen in 2008. In a strange twist, a Berlin-based artist named Natascha Stellmach made headlines a few months later when she claimed to be in possession of the remains and was planning to smoke them as part of an art exhibit.

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