Elliott Smith Death Conspiracy Theories That Might Be Crazy Enough To Be True

Elliott Smith, an incredible musician, passed in his apartment on October 21st, 2003. He had been pierced in the chest, twice, and there are many theories surrounding the circumstances of his passing. The autopsy results couldn't distinguish between whether someone had deliberately ended his life, or whether Smith had ended himself.

Smith allegedly had a fight with his girlfriend that evening and was said to have left a very short note. The singer-songwriter often created notoriously melancholic tunes, and he had a habit of talking about ending his life, even intimating to family and friends several times that he was considering it. Although he was clean at the time of his demise, Smith had a history of self-medicating. Like other famous musicians, Smith, then 34, was still in his prime when his life ended. Family, friends, and fans have speculated as to what really happened. Read the strange facts about Elliott Smith's unexpected passing and decide for yourself.


  • He Had A Big Fight With His Girlfriend Right Before He Passed

    Smith was dating Jennifer Chiba, a musician in a band he often played side gigs with. The couple had an allegedly tumultuous relationship, often being referred to as "Sid and Nancy" in reference to Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen. The comparison may have foreshadowed Smith's ultimate demise. Smith and Chiba argued the night he passed, with Chiba locking herself in the bathroom to purportedly shower and cool down.

    She heard screams in the apartment and emerged from the bathroom, reportedly finding Smith with a knife in his chest. She called 911 and then removed the knife. Many people blamed Chiba for what happened, arguing that it was common knowledge not to pull out an object that is impaled in the body, as it would increase blood loss. Additionally, a much-disputed point on the medical examiner's report noted that it was concerning that Chiba allegedly refused to speak to police officers after the incident.

  • A Note Was Found At The Scene

    A Post-It found at the scene was rumored to be a note left by Smith. The note read: "I'm so sorry, love, Elliott. God forgive me." Investigators found the Post-It on the table where the police interviewed Jennifer Chiba. It appeared that both the police and Chiba saw the note for the first time during the interview. Chiba stated that it was Smith's handwriting.

    A much-theorized and disputed incident regarding the alleged note appeared on the ME's report. The report read that the name "Elliott" had been misspelled. If Smith really did write that note, he presumably would have spelled his own name correctly. However, others cite error on the part of the medical examiner

  • The Toxicology Report Didn't Flag Anything Suspicious

    Despite a history of heroin and crack use, no suspicious drugs were found in Smith's system during the autopsy. However, he had been prescribed antidepressants and ADHD medications, including clonazepam, mirtazapine, and atomoxetine. Medical examiners detected a cocktail of these medications in his system, but at normal usage levels.

    Smith had taken his health a step further and had also given up potentially harmful food and beverages, such as alcohol, red meat, refined sugar, and caffeine. 

  • He Had No 'Hesitation Wounds'

    The main reason why most people insist that Smith did not end his own life is the appearance of possible "defensive wounds" on his hand and arm. In addition, most victims are found to have what is called a "hesitation wound," which is where the person "attempts to build up courage before" plunging the final blow.

    This means that Smith allegedly targeted himself without hesitation - not just once, but twice. Many would argue that a second serious wound is a very troubling occurrence.

  • He Had Just Gotten Off Drugs And Pulled Himself Together

    He Had Just Gotten Off Drugs And Pulled Himself Together
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    In 2002, Smith was said to have weaned himself from drugs and was starting to pull his life together. He had several promising shows and was writing new music for a double album. He later tried to stop taking all of his medication, including the prescribed medications for ADHD, depression, and a host of other issues.

    The speed at which he removed himself from the medications could have caused an adverse physical and emotional reaction. Facing the world without the protection of his medications could have thrust his many emotional issues and demons to the forefront of his every waking moment.

  • Smith Underwent Neurotransmitter Restoration, Which Isn't Proven To Work 100% Of The Time

    As part of Smith's treatment, he underwent Neurotransmitter Restoration. The process involves megadoses of Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide (NAD) - which flushes out the drugs resting in the body and rejuvenates the brain's normal processes. Smith had struggled with heroin use.

    However, the restoration process isn't proven to be definitively successful, according to Ann Rodgers, the Director of Brain Restoration Therapy at an outpatient clinic. In a 2014 interview with The Fix, Rodgers explains:

    No, it doesn't work 100% of the time. Interestingly, sometimes it doesn't work for young heroin addicts. It could be because they aren't emotionally mature enough to deal with their issues, or perhaps they don't have a good support system in place yet.