Kurt Cobain's death: 17 years on

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It's 17 years now since the death of one of the most iconic frontmen guitar music has ever produced. We look back at some of our key coverage of the life and death of Nirvana's Kurt Cobain

"At midnight on Friday, after the violence in Rwanda and before the end of the IRA ceasefire, a vaguely disdainful Radio 5 newsreader announces the death of Kurt Cobain."

Ben Thompson's original 1994 report on the singer and guitarist's death, Too good for this world

"Noone more exactly personified America's 'slacker' generation than Kurt Cobain, Nirvana's leader and songwriter."

Chris Salewicz from The Independent's obituary of Kurt Cobain in April 1994

"He was the voice of Generation X, speaking to disaffected youth with the lyricism of grunge music. Now, 14 years after his suicide, a new film – in his own words – gives fresh insight into the life and death of Nirvana's tortured frontman Kurt Cobain."

Ciar Byrne in The last days of Kurt Cobain, in his own words, from March 2008

"He would have hit one of life's milestones this week. But, 13 years after his death, what is his true legacy?"

Anthony Barnes on Kurt Cobain at 40, from February 2007

"With his ripped jeans, lank hair and sinewy, tortured frame, Kurt Cobain is not your average superhero."

Alice Jones on the graphic novel Godspeed, based on the life of the Nirvana frontman