The cause of death is, as yet, unclear, but a number of sources have called it 'an apparent suicide', some claiming he stabbed himself in the stomach (Romeo and Juliet style?). Smith spent a long time struggling with a substantial drug problem, as well as a much-documented battle against depression.
Elliott Smith was born on August 6, 1969 in Omaha, Nebraska.
During his lifetime, Elliott released five full-length albums as a solo artist (most famously 'XO', 'Either/Or' and his last album, 'Figure 8'), as well as a host of singles and EP's. Elliott was nominated for an Academy Award for 'Miss Misery', his musical contribution to the Academy Award winning movie, 'Good Will Hunting'.
At the time of his death, Elliott was recording his sixth album, 'From A Basement on the Hill'.