In 1986 Kurt Cobain formed Nirvana in Olympia Washington. In 1991 he brought us Nevermind, and a view of full-fledged heroin addiction. He married Courtney Love in February of 1992, and that didn’t help matters. He refused doctors’ advice on numerous occasions regarding his debilitating stomach pain, and continued on his downward spiral as his band’s popularity sky-rocketed. After an especially bad episode, he reluctantly entered rehab, only to vanish days later. Cobain was found dead on April 8, 1994, lying next to the shotgun that he had apparently used to kill himself.
A music legend by any standard, Jimi Hendrix is a man not soon to be forgotten by anyone. After getting a spat of trouble over his involvement in car-theft, Hendrix was forced to choose time in jail or time in the Army. He chose the Army, and served a year in 1961 before being prematurely discharged, which would be the effective beginning of his music career. He caught a lucky break in New York, and ended up getting signed in London because of his rendition of Hey Joe. After seeing huge success in Europe, Hendrix returned stateside to perform at the Monterey Pop Festival, and for the solid, short decade afterward, Jimi Hendrix made rock history. In 1970 he was found dead in a London hotel, literally drowned in alcohol and sleeping pills. His death is somewhat of a mystery to this day.
Jim Morrison’s voice, poetry and music would continue inspiring countless musicians and artists decades after his death. He died at only 27 years old in 1971, in a Paris apartment, under circumstances that will likely never be fully resolved. Morrison struggled with depression, and like so many of his contemporaries, a heroin addiction. While it can’t be known due to French authorities refusing to perform an autopsy at the time, Morrison is believed to have likely snorted heroin, under the impression it was cocaine.