I was the artistic director of a youth theatre company back in 1994 and my actors were simply devastated. I recall that we had a rehearsal the day his body was discovered and I had the actors sit around and share their feelings. I could see how much Cobain and the band's music meant to them, and we all ended up getting just that much closer to one another.
I remember thinking what a shame that he could not have gotten through the darkness to the other side. He was certainly a poet and he had a singular voice and talent.