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Cobain’s daughter urges overcoming mental health taboo

Reuters, DUBLIN

Kurt Cobain’s daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, attends the opening of “Growing Up Kurt Cobain” exhibition featuring personal items of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain at the museum of Style Icons in Newbridge, Ireland, on Tuesday.

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Kurt Cobain’s daughter on Tuesday said that the US should overcome its taboo about mental health and addiction almost a quarter of century after her rock star father took his own life.

Frances Bean Cobain was speaking in Ireland at the launch of a new exhibition of the Nirvana frontman’s belongings. Kurt Cobain died in 1994, aged 27, from a self-inflicted gunshot while struggling with heroin addiction.

“There is an association that is shameful and it shouldn’t be,” said Frances Bean Cobain, who has also struggled with addiction.

“It’s taboo ... despite the fact that it is present in our society every single day, and I think that in Europe it is a little less taboo, I think in America it is very, very frowned upon,” she said.

Frances Bean Cobain, Cobain’s sister Kim, and mother, Wendy O’Connor, attended the opening of the exhibition at the Museum of Style Icons in Newbridge, Ireland.

From his sketches and drawings to clothing and a car, “Growing Up Kurt Cobain” displays dozens of his personal items, some of them never seen before by the public.

Fans of Kurt Cobain, who popularized grunge rock in the early 1990s, can see the striped green sweater he wore in the video for Nirvana’s 1991 hit Smells Like Teen Spirit and his MTV Video award for the same song.

The singer’s childhood drawings of cartoon characters, handwritten lyrics and powder-blue 1965 Dodge Dart car are also on display.

“It felt like the right time to show who Kurt really was as a child growing up. To go back to his roots of being a child, where he was happiest,” Kim Cobain said.

The small museum in County Kildare held the exhibition in part because its owner knows the Cobain family. The museum also has outfits worn by the likes of Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor and Grace Kelly on display, and has previously hosted exhibitions dedicated to Michael Jackson and Prince.

Asked what Kurt Cobain would have made of the current political climate in the US, Frances Bean Cobain said she would like to think he would have taken a stand.

“The violation of basic human rights that seems to be a prevalent them in our country right now ... I would like to believe that Kurt wouldn’t have stood for that or accepted that,” she said.

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