In 1994, there was barely an internet and no Daily Show, so when breaking news hit, for many of us, our source was Kurt Loder on MTV News. And on April 8, 1994, the day that Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain’s body was found, I was glued to MTV watching hour after hour of Loder slowly revealing an IV drip of details about the musician’s death from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. (Cobain passed away on April 5, but it wasn’t until days later that the body found in his home was discovered and identified.)
All afternoon on that dreadful Friday, as more questions were answered about the how and where of it all, Loder dutifully reported every piece of information that came in in a completely un-sensational, straightforward way. It’s almost shocking to see his level of stoicism, but, look, it was a different time. There was no TMZ and things weren’t reported with exclamation points and emojis. This was the death of the biggest rock star of our generation and most of us were genuinely concerned and all of us were stunned. So for those of you who may not have been around that day, (and for those of you who want to relive it) take a look at the moment we all learned about the biggest news story of the year. Well, until Woodstock ’94 happened.