Courtney Love is remembering her late husband and grunge rock icon Kurt Cobain.
On Thursday, Love took to Instagram to tribute the Nirvana frontman on the week of his 29th death anniversary.
“I love beautiful hands, it’s the first thing I look at in another,” she started her caption of a black and white photo of Kurt’s hands. “I love that the only photograph of Kurt that [Michael Stipe] took, despite being a lover of all sorts of beauty […] Michael saw these hands.”
Love, a practicing Buddhist, referred to Cobain as her “twin flame”, and cited their time together celebrating their shared religious beliefs.
“It is one of the only images (or sounds/tastes etc) that makes me miss him deeply,” she continued. “But he chanted with me & often, & truly was moved by our Buddhist practice. Thus, I know he’s in an enlightened place, more so than we here in Mappo [the current age in human history according to Buddhists] are.”
“Dear Kurt D. C. 🙏 i & we love & miss you,” she concluded her caption.
As if the iconic Kurt Cobain needs any introduction, he was the lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist for the 90s grunge band Nirvana, with hit songs like “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, “Come As You Are”, and “Heart-Shaped Box”. The band released three studio albums together – Bleach, Nevermind, and In Utero (as well as the 1992 compilation/demo-type album Incesticide and their MTV Unplugged live album) – before his death.
Courtney and Kurt were married from 1992 until his death in 1994 at the age of 27, where he died by suicide. In August 1992, the couple welcomed their only daughter, Frances Bean, who just turned 30 last year.
Frances, who was only one when her father died and has virtually no memory of him in her life, also posted to her Instagram Story to remember Kurt nearly 30 years after his death.
“‘Life is like a wave crashing upon the shore & death is like the wave returning back to the ocean, back to its most natural state,’” she wrote. “I forget exactly where I heard this quote but hearing it makes loss seem less scary and more like a return to the collective consciousness of loving awareness. Free from pain or human worry. Death serves a purpose. It is what makes life so precious, in the same way pain is purposeful because we wouldn’t know joy without it.”
“Everyday I aim to have gratitude for everything that surrounds this life including loss,” she continued. “It’s the ultimate teacher. Hold the people you love a little more tightly and a little bit closer for me today.”
Kurt would have turned 56 this past February. His words and passion live on through his music and still can be heard everyday on the radio and in people’s daily music playlist. We may never again see anyone of his brutal honesty and passionate talent take the stage like he did in our lifetimes.