Tests to determine whether Elliott Smith was murdered or committed suicide were inconclusive, a Los Angeles coroner's spokesman said yesterday (Dec. 30). The 34 year-old singer/songwriter died Oct. 21
Tests to determine whether Elliott Smith was murdered or committed suicide were inconclusive, a Los Angeles coroner's spokesman said yesterday (Dec. 30). The 34 year-old singer/songwriter died Oct. 21 in a hospital after his live-in girlfriend found him in their apartment with a stab wound to the chest.
Initial reports indicated the reclusive Smith had stabbed himself, said coroner's spokesman David Campbell. But an investigation into his death and an examination of his body were unable to determine if the wound was self-inflicted or if Smith was the victim of an attack.
"The coroner's examination determined either scenario was possible," Campbell said. He also said tests showed no illegal drugs in Smith's body at the time of his death.
The Los Angeles Police Department continues to investigate Smith's death, said Officer Jason Lee, a police spokesman.
Friends said Smith had become reclusive in recent years, and the singer/songwriter himself said he never sought fame and had at one time struggled with alcoholism.
Smith was a favorite of music critics who admired his often dark, seemingly confessional songs, but he enjoyed only modest commercial success. He earned a 1998 Academy Award nomination for his song "Miss Misery" from the film "Good Will Hunting," and performed it at that year's awards show.
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