Kurt Cobain’s Death, 20 Years Later: Photos, Art and a Video Tour of His Childhood Home

Kurt Cobain


updated 04/04/2014 AT 3:35 PM ET

originally published 04/05/2014 AT 8:15 AM ET

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Kurt Cobain died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on April 5, 1994.

The Nirvana frontman’s suicide was an epochal event for most of Generation X and has resurfaced in the news recently with newly released photographs of the singer’s death scene.

But Cobain continues to live on through his music. As long as there are musicians, there will be new interpretations of Nirvana songs, and as long as there are young people, there will be an appreciation for Cobain’s raw pathos and deft hand with melody.

To commemorate his life are these photos – including art Cobain did as a child – and the video above.

The photos are from Life’s new tribute volume, Remembering Kurt Cobain: 20 Years Later, which is now available on newsstands and in bookstores everywhere.

The video is from journalist and Nirvana fan Dave Seminara, who takes viewers through the Aberdeen, Wash., home where Cobain spent most of his youth.

Kurt Cobain, Francis Bean Cobain, and Courtney Love at the MTV Video Music Awards in 1993

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A piece of Kurt Cobain’s childhood artwork, dated 1980

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Kurt Cobain performing in 1993 in Seattle, WA

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Chad Channing, Krist Novoselic and Kurt Cobain of Nirvana in 1990

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Dave Grohl, Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic performing in Seattle in 1993

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Krist Novoselic, Dave Grohl and Kurt Cobain at San Francisco’s Warfield Theater in 1991

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Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love perform together in Los Angeles in 1993

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Kurt Cobain, in an undated childhood photo

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Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic in 1990

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Kurt Cobain performing at Reading Festival in 1991

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Chad Channing, Krist Novoselic, and Kurt Cobain, circa 1988

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