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Kurt Cobain guitar sculpture dedicated in WA

An undated file photo shows Nirvana lead singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain performing on stage. Living fast and dying young has long been part of rock 'n' roll lore. And in this case, statistics affirm the image, according to a study released Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2007. Researchers at Liverpool John Moores University, whose report appeared in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, studied a sample of North American and British rock and pop stars and concluded they are more than twice as likely as the rest of the population to die an early death. The team analyzed the stars of rock, punk, rap, R&B, electronic and new age genres in the 'All Time Top 1,000' albums, published in 2000. They then analyzed the artists - ranging from the late Elvis Presley to the still lively rapper Eminem tabulating how many had died and at what age. Cobain committed suicide at his home in Seattle on April 8, 1994.

April 6, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A guitar sculpture in honor of Kurt Cobain was unveiled in a park in the Nirvana frontman's Washington state hometown.

The dedication on Tuesday in Aberdeen marked the 17th anniversary of Cobain's suicide in Seattle. Fans and Aberdeen residents, many born after Cobain's 1994 death, attended the ceremony.

The sculpture was placed in a park near the Young Street bridge where Cobain spent time when he was young. The bridge attracts Cobain fans because it's mentioned in his song, "Something in the Way."

Besides the concrete guitar, there's a steel ribbon dangling in the air with lyrics from the Nirvana song "On a Plain" that say: "One more special message to go and then I'm done and I can go home."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.