Born in Aberdeen, Washington, Kurt Cobain was an American singer, songwriter, and musician who is considered to be one of the most iconic and influential rock musicians in the history of alternative music.
Kurt formed the band Nirvana along with Krist Novoselic and Aaron Burckhard in 1987 and released three studios albums. He was the frontman of the rock band who found global success with Smells Like Teen Spirit from their second album Nevermind.
Cobain passed away at the age of 27 on 5th April 1995.
How Much Was The Net Worth Of Kurt Cobain At The Time Of His Death?
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Cobain was worth around $50 million at the time of his death in 1994. His primary source of income was his successful career as a versatile musician.
He also earned a decent sum of cash from his endorsements deals and royalties.
He owned an 8,212 square feet 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom Queen Anne-style home on Boulevard East, Seattle. The house was sold for $2.895 million in 1997 by his wife for almost twice what he paid.
When Did He Begin His Music Career?
Cobain got his first guitar at the age of 14. He began learning Led Zeppelin’s power ballad Stairway to Heaven, Queen’s Another One Bites the Dust, and The Cars’ My Best Friend’s Girl.
In 1985, he formed a short-lived punk band, Fecal Matter, following his drop out from high school. Cobain sang and played guitar, Dale Crover played bass, and Greg Hokanson played the drum. They rehearsed several songs, including by Led Zeppelin, The Ramones, and Jimi Hendrix.
In 1987, Kurt along with bassist Krist Novoselic formed the American rock band Nirvana. The name Nirvana was taken from the Buddhist concept described as “freedom from pain, suffering, and the external world”.
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They eventually settled with Chad Channing as their drummer and recorded the album Bleach released on 5th June 1989 with hit singles like Love Buzz and Blew.
The band got their mainstream recognition with their 1991 major-label debut Nevermind, and it’s lead single Smells Like Teen Spirit. They sold over 25 million albums in the United States and over 80 million worldwide.
They released their third album entitled In Utero on 21st September 1993 with hit songs like Heart-Shaped Box, All Apologies/Rape Me, and Pennyroyal Tea.
Here is a list of Nirvana’s earnings from their album/record/compilation/live album sales:
|1994||Live! Tonight! Sold Out!!||$320,000|
|1996||Muddy Banks of the Wishkah (posthumous)||$165,000|
|2002||Nirvana (posthumous)||$2.260 million|
|2004||With the Lights Out (posthumous)||$100,000|
Cobain’s worth was reportedly worth around $450 million as of 2014.
A Short Life About Of Kurt Cobain
Kurt Donald Cobain was born on 20th February 1967 in Aberdeen, Washington, the United States of America to Wendy Elizabeth Fradenburg and Donald Leland Cobain. He held an American nationality and had mixed (English, French, German, and Irish) ancestry.
He went to Aberdeen High School; however, he dropped out during the second year.
When Did Kurt & Love Marry?
Cobain met Courtney Love on 12th January 1990 in Portland’s Satyricon nightclub while both leading ardent underground rock bands. The duo eventually fell in love and bonded through drug use in late 1991.
They got married a few days after Nirvana’s Pacific Rim tour on 24th February on Waikiki Beach, Hawaii. They welcomed their daughter named Frances Bean Cobain on 18th August 1992.
Kurt Cobain Death
On 1st March 1994, following a tour stop at Terminal Eins in Munich, Germany, Cobain was diagnosed with bronchitis and severe laryngitis. The next day, he flew to Rome for medical treatment and was joined by his wife Courtney on 3rd March 1994.
The following day, Love woke up to find Kurt overdosed on a combination of champagne and Rohypnol. He was later released from the hospital after five days and returned to Seattle. Love later revealed that it was Kurt’s first suicide attempt.
On 8th April 1994, Cobain’s body was discovered at his Lake Washington Boulevard home by electrician Gary Smith. The electrician believed that Kurt was asleep until he saw the shotgun pointing at his chin and a minor amount of blood coming out of his ear.
As per reports, Kurt was high on heroin when he pulled the trigger. It was reported that 1.52 milligrams per liter morphine and evidence of valium were in his blood.
On 10th April 1994, a public memorial service was held at Seattle Center. His body was cremated, and his ashes were divided into several portions, including some in a teddy bear, some in an urn, some made into memorial sculptures, and some scattered into McLane Creek in Olympia, Washington.
What Happened To Cobain’s Multi-Million Dollar Fortune After His Death?
As per various sources, Love inherited from her late husband Kurt Cobain’s assets. She also inherited the writing and publishing rights of Kurt’s work, which is values at $130 million and $115 million, respectively.
However, in 2009, she announced that most of the money he inherited from Kurt was lost due to her accountant’s poor decisions. As per her claims, the loss amounts summed up to $500 million of real estate and $30 million in cash.
On the other hand, as per Celebrity Net Worth, Cobain’s daughter Frances is expected to receive full estate worth $200 million as she is the primary beneficiary of his estate. As of now, she handles all the writing and publishing rights of her father and receives over $100,000 per month in royalties, publishing rights, and investment dividends.