I have been trying to investigate the death of singer songwriter Elliott Smith for years. After talking to many people who knew him, after looking at the details of the autopsy report and the narrative of his girlfriend Jennifer Chiba, I was alarmed by the many inconsistencies and discrepancies of the case. His death was determined inconclusive by the coroner and the case was left open by the LAPD since.
Rock NYC‘s editor Iman Lababedi started being interested by Elliott’s story when sound engineer Larry Crane left a comment following a review of one of Elliott’s albums and mentioning his ‘suicide’: ‘Your facts on Elliott’s passing are incorrect’, wrote Crane, and that was enough to trigger Iman’s curiosity. When I also left a comment, a long investigation into Elliott Smith’s mysterious death started.
All these articles were originally published by Rock NYC over the course of five years.