Hard to imagine someone so young, with the odds of life stacked so against him, having a significant impact on society in such a short time.
The recent passing of Philip Seymour Hoffman just serves as another reminder. Drugs are bad. MMMkay?
I can't imagine the despair and difficulties that would draw someone to grab a heroin needle.
I know Kurt didn't die from heroin, he took his own life. But it is widely documented that he struggled with heroin addiction, and nearly passed away from an overdose just a month or so before he actually died.
Highly recommend the book by Michael Azerrad "Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana" which documents the band's short time at the top, but also goes into the backgrounds and stories of the members of the band, with particular attention paid to Kurt.