Monday, March 17th, 2014
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Suicide Commemoration Off To An Early Start

kc"When Kurt Cobain killed himself, 20 years ago this April 5, he became the sole top-level rock star ever to take his own life at the crest of his fame. The long list of other megawatt stars gone by his age — Jimi, Janis, Jim Morrison — fell by drug-related accidents. Or they were murdered, like Biggie and Tupac. But Cobain’s violent act put him into a sad club of one, a decision that adds a special chill and mystery to an already rare mythology."
—Where were you when you heard that Kurt Cobain killed himself? If your answer involves some variation of "recess" or "playdate" I'm just gonna cry. Anyway, guess what you're gonna see a lot of over the next few weeks?

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KarenUhOh (#19)

But since you've put this here I'll pipe in con't RIP (if that's possible) to Alex Chilton, gone four years today from this mortal coil, and whose life consisted of career suicide since at least 1976.

Brunhilde (#1,225)

The saddest MTV news spot that Kurt Loder ever did.

No, that's BS. Pete Ham of Badfinger hung himself in 1975 at the crest of their fame. Donny Hathaway killed himself in 1979 a year after a comeback with a #2 R&B duet, "The Closer I Get To You" with Roberta Flack. Johnny Ace scored a series of hit singles in the mid 1950s just before he killed himself while playing Russian roulette in 1954. Ian Curtis of Joy Division killed himself in 1979 at the top of their fame. Elliot Smith in 2003 at his height of popularity… I could go on. Get facts Jack.

BadUncle (#153)

I think I learned over "radio," which was like Twitter for your ears.

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