This Dec. 13, 1993 file photo shows Kurt Cobain of the Seattle band Nirvana performing in Seattle, Wash. (AP Photo/Robert Sorbo, file)
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The road sign outside town reads "Welcome to Aberdeen.The iconic Nirvana song title greets fans from around the world flocking to pay homage to Kurt Cobain.Cobain shot himself in the head.Cobain thus entered the so-called "27 Club" -- the grim roster of stars to die of drugs or alcohol abuse at age 27 that includes Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, the Rolling Stones' Brian Jones and, more recently, Amy Winehouse.As with those other music greats, dying ironically only elevated Cobain's celebrity status.Gaar compared Cobain to artists like Neil Young, Carlos Santana and Bob Dylan -- all of them had huge early fame but then went on to enjoy success later in their careers.Cobain formed Nirvana in 1987 with bassist Krist Novoselic while at school in Aberdeen.Strangely, while Seattle's EMP museum is currently hosting a Nirvana exhibition, the bench is the closest thing the city has to a memorial to the charismatic Nirvana frontman.Back in Aberdeen -- where there is a statue of Cobain in the town museum, and a Cobain-themed park by a bridge where the singer wrote some of his most famous songs -- the mayor is a bit skeptical about Seattle's reaction.
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