8 April

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8 APRIL

In Music History

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2013 Cher fans fear the singer is dead when the hashtag #nowthatchersdead trends on Twitter. It turns out the tag is for Margaret Thatcher.

2013 Annette Funicello dies at age 70 of multiple sclerosis. The actress became famous as a Mouseketeer on the original Mickey Mouse Club before becoming a pop singer and was known for a string of popular '60s "Beach Party" films with co-star Frankie Avalon.

2006 The Rolling Stones play their first-ever concert in mainland China with a gig in Shanghai.

2003 Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis Presley, releases her first solo album, To Whom It May Concern. It debuts at #5 in America.

2001 Cuban violinist Pedro Depestre Gonzales (of Buena Vista Social Club) dies at age 55 after collapsing on stage during a concert performance in Basel, Switzerland.

2001 Country singer-songwriter Van Stephenson (of BlackHawk) dies at age 47, two years after being diagnosed with melanoma.

1996 Delta blues musician Roosevelt "Booba" Barnes dies at age 59 of lung cancer.

1994 The Offspring's breakthrough album Smash is released. Thanks to the success of the singles "Come Out and Play" and "Self Esteem," Smash eventually becomes one of the best selling independent records of all time, selling at least 15 million copies worldwide.

1989 "The Look" by Roxette hits #1 on the Hot 100.

1985 The musical Leader Of The Pack: The Songs Of Ellie Greenwich opens on Broadway (running for 120 performances).

1984 Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig is born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey.

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Kurt Cobain Found Dead

1994

Kurt Cobain's body is found in his Seattle home by an electrician sent to install a burglar alarm. He is believed to have died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound three days earlier. The Nirvana song "Come As You Are" takes on new meaning with the line, "I swear that I don't have a gun."


On the night of March 31, 1994, Cobain hops a fence at the rehab facility where he has been detoxing from heroin, and disappears. He had gone to the facility after an intervention from his family and friends following an alleged suicide attempt earlier in the month. He is spotted around Seattle several times over the next few days, and then drops off the radar completely. On April 3, Cobain's wife, Courtney Love, hires a private investigator to locate him, but he remains missing until the morning of April 8, when electrician Gary Smith spots him lying on the floor of his Seattle home and alerts the authorities. An autopsy determines that Cobain died of a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head. Cobain's drug use and struggles with depression had been well-documented, and several of his songs hinted at his troubled state of mind. In January 1994, Nirvana recorded a song later titled "You Know You're Right," featuring a chorus of the word "pain" screamed at the top of the singer's lungs. Despite his history and a suicide note addressed to his childhood imaginary friend, Boddah, many fans remain unconvinced that Cobain's death was a suicide.

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