It was the Shot Heard Around the World, only it wasn't until days later that somebody discovered he was dead. The April 5, 1994 suicide of Kurt Cobain was a dreadful paradox: totally unexpected, yet in retrospect somehow all too predictable. The Nirvana singer had been in the public spotlight for less than three years when he took his life, both cementing the theory of the 27 Club and silencing the wary voice of a generation with a single shotgun blast.