• Erik Frederickson - Life Coach and Recovery Coach

26 yrs ago today Kurt Cobain Died of a Suicide | What can we learn from his life and death?

Updated: Sep 3, 2020

Revolutionary? Drug addict? Creative genius? These are just a few of the titles that have been put on the late Kurt Cobain, maybe all three are suiting.

If we step past the musical accomplishments and talents of Kurt Cobain we can see that his life is still being mirrored by countless people who are trying to find their peace in isolation and addiction. At best ending up in depression, and at worst death. A troubled and wildly talented young man, Cobain ended up losing his life in isolation and addiction. Music was an outlet that only worked for so long.

On April 8, 1994, the lead singer of the Seattle based grunge band Nirvana, was found dead of an apparent suicide in his Seattle home. After law enforcement surveyed the scene they released a statement that Cobain, "was found with a shotgun across his body, had a visible head wound and there was a note discovered nearby."

The Grammy Award winning lyricist left behind a wife, Courtney Love, and a daughter named Frances Bean.

If the last 26 yrs have shown us anything regrading addiction and its direct ties to mental health, it's that the drug problem hasn’t gone anywhere. As a matter of fact, it has dramatically increased.

Let's look at a few things that Kurt Cobain battled, after all,

"History repeats itself, but in such cunning disguise that we never detect the resemblance until the damage is done."

-Sydney J. Harris

We need to spot the signs and take it serious.

Cobain had talked of suicide multiple times, and had even written suicide notes and taken "fatal doses" of heroin in attempts to end his life long before that dark day in April of 1994. Just six days before his passing he escaped a Los Angeles treatment center after being checked in for one day, only to be overcome by the demons that had pursued him for years just days later.