7. Kurt Cobain
Born Kurt Donald Cobain on February 20, 1967, and often heralded as a spokesman of Generation X, Cobain would change the face of the music industry with his haunting, angst-fueled songwriting and music which came from the Seattle music scene, which later became known as grunge. As much as the world saw Cobain as the voice of a generation, he did not see it that way and became increasingly uncomfortable with the pressures of fame.
He had long struggled with depression and heroin addiction, so it was little surprise to those who knew him well when he was found in his home by his electrician, Gary Smith, with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head on April 8, 1994. Just a month earlier, he had attempted suicide by trying to overdose on champagne and Rohypnol. Many conspiracy theories have coalesced around his death, with most pointing a suspicious finger at his wife, Courtney Love.