AP PHOTOS: Fans honor Cobain 20 years after death

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AP PHOTOS: Fans honor Cobain 20 years after death
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Portland residents Ashly Archibald, 26, left, and Kim Hoffman, 28, right, scrawls the quote, “who needs action when you have words?” in memory of Nirvana’s lead singer, Kurt Cobain, on a bench near the home where he died on the 20th anniversary of his death Saturday, April 5, 2014, at Viretta Park in Seattle, Wash. On April 10, Nirvana will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Jordan Stead) STAND ALONE PHOTO. MAGS OUT; NO SALES; SEATTLE TIMES OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT; TV OUT

Portland residents Ashly Archibald, 26, left, and Kim Hoffman, 28, right, scrawls the quote, “who needs action when you have words?” in memory of Nirvana’s lead singer, Kurt Cobain, on a bench near the home where he died on the 20th anniversary of his death Saturday, April 5, 2014, at Viretta Park in Seattle, Wash. On April 10, Nirvana will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Jordan Stead) STAND ALONE PHOTO. MAGS OUT; NO SALES; SEATTLE TIMES OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT; TV OUT

Nirvana fans who travelled from Georgia, Katlyn Reece, background, and Rachel Walraven, foreground, paid homage to the late Kurt Cobain, with handwritten notes on a bench near the home where Cobain died on the 20th anniversary of his death Saturday, April 5, 2014, at Viretta Park in Seattle, Wash. On April 10, Nirvana will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Jordan Stead) MAGS OUT; NO SALES; SEATTLE TIMES OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT; TV OUT

Fans of Nirvana’s lead singer, Kurt Cobain, paid homage to the late rock icon with offerings of flowers, unopened beers and handwritten notes on a bench near the home where Cobain died on the 20th anniversary of his death Saturday, April 5, 2014, at Viretta Park in Seattle, Wash. On April 10, Nirvana will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Jordan Stead)

With the whole family decked out in plaid shirts and Converse All Star shoes, mother Natalie Sullivan, holding daughter Frieda, and father Tyler Sullivan, holding son Varga, paid homage to the late rock icon of Nirvana’s lead singer, Kurt Cobain, near the home where Cobain died on the 20th anniversary of his death, Saturday, April 5, 2014, at Viretta Park in Seattle, Wash. On April 10, Nirvana will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Jordan Stead) STAND ALONE PHOTO. MAGS OUT; NO SALES; SEATTLE TIMES OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT; TV OUT

A view of the home where Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain killed himself in 1994, photographed Saturday, April 5, 2014, at Viretta Park in Seattle, Wash. On April 10, Nirvana will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Jordan Stead)

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SEATTLE (AP) — Two decades after Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain killed himself in Seattle, fans flocked to the home where he died to pay homage to the influential rocker.

Fans came from nearby cities like Portland, Ore., or faraway towns in Georgia — some sporting ’90s-era “grunge” attire like plaid shirts — to leave handwritten notes, flowers and unopened beers to honor the musician.

Police believe Cobain killed himself on April 5, 1994, and his body was found three days later. An investigation determined that the 27-year-old had taken a massive overdose of heroin and then shot himself with a 20-gauge shotgun.

Cobain’s Nirvana helped popularize the Pacific Northwest’s heavy, muddy “grunge” rock scene, along with bands like Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains and Mudhoney.

Nirvana, which sold millions of albums, will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Thursday.

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