Elliott’s ‘suicide’ has been mentioned so many times in press articles, and in this 2007 Spinner short item about Jennifer Chiba’s failed attempt to get money from the estate, people who thought about Chiba’s possible involvement in Elliott death were qualified of ‘conspiracy theorists’… but a few years can make a difference. Now Elliott has entered Spinner’s top 13 mysterious Musician deaths at rank number 11. This is what they wrote:
‘On Oct. 21, 2003, singer-songwriter Elliott Smith died of two stab wounds to the chest inside his L.A. apartment. His girlfriend Jennifer Chiba claimed that, following an argument, Smith — who battled addiction and depression — stabbed himself in the chest, puncturing his heart, and left a note that read, "I'm so sorry-love, Elliot God forgive me." Chiba claimed she was in the bathroom when she heard a scream, then found Smith with the knife in his chest. She admitted to removing the knife, and the autopsy notes a lack of hesitation wounds and the fact that the stabbing occurred through clothing, which are both "atypical" in suicides of this nature. The report also notes possible defensive wounds on Smith's right arm and left hand, and that there was no alcohol or illegal drugs in his system. Chiba later sued Smith's family for 15% of his estate, claiming to be his wife and manager, but eventually lost.’
Not only they have linked to the Smoking Gun’s pages about the autopsy and police report, but they actually give accurate information, rightly pointing that the lack of hesitation marks and stabbing through clothing are atypical of suicides by stabbing. They only should have repeated that the incorrect spelling on the supposed suicide note was a mistake done by the police to clarify any other false theories, but beside this, it’s quite good,… Is Spinner reading rock nyc?