Elliott Smith, an incredible musician, died in his apartment on October 21st, 2003. He had been fatally stabbed in the chest, twice. There are many theories surrounding his death. Was Elliott Smith murdered? Was it a suicide? The autopsy results couldn’t distinguish between the two.
Smith allegedly had a fight with his girlfriend that evening, and was said to have left a very short suicide note. He also had a history of talking about suicide, even intimating to family and friends several times that he was considering it. He had a previous substance abuse problem and was in the process of removing all drugs, even prescribed therapeutic drugs, from his system. Could this have led to his demise? Read the strange facts about his Elliott Smith’s death and decide for yourself.
He Had A Big Fight With His Girlfriend Right Before He Killed Himself
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 died, 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 from his chest. Many people blamed Chiba for Smith’s death, 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 coroner’s report noted that it was “concerning” that Chiba allegedly refused to speak to police officers after Smith’s death.
A Suicide Note Was Found By Chiba And Police
A Post-it note found at the scene was rumored to be the suicide note. It read “I'm so sorry, love, Elliott. God forgive me,” and was found 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 suicide note appeared on the coroner'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.
There Were No Illegal Drugs In His System At The Time Of His Death
Despite a history of heroin and crack abuse, no illegal drugs were found in Smith’s system at the time of his death. However, he had been prescribed many antipsychotic drugs including: clonazepam, mirtazapine, atomozetine, and amphetamine. A cocktail of these drugs were found in his system, but at normal usage levels. Smith had taken his health a step further and had also given up red meat, refined sugar, and caffeine. Denying his body of so many things at once may have only hastened his demise.
He Had No Hesitation Wounds Which Most Suicide Victims Have
The main reason why most people insist that Smith did not commit suicide is the appearance of “defensive wounds” on his hands and arms. Also, it is common for suicide victims to remove their shirt previous to commiting that final act. Smith did not take off his shirt. In addition, most suicide victims are found to have what is called a “hesitation wound” which is where the person “attempts to build up the courage before attempting the fatal wound.” This means that Smith stabbed himself without hesitation, not just once, but twice. Many would argue that a second fatal wound is a very troubling occurrence (especially since no illegal drugs were found in his system)