On October 21 2003 Steven Paul “Elliott” Smith died from two stab wounds to the chest.
A man ravaged by bouts of depression, on-and-off drugs and alcohol abuse - and confounded by the international stardom he was propelled to following the release of his Oscar-nominated song ‘Miss Misery’ - he took his own life, reportedly after an argument with his girlfriend.
Yesterday marked what would have been the 40th birthday of one of the most inspiring and prolific singer songwriters out of modern America. A sensitive soul too fragile for this world. Happy birthday Elliott. XO.
'Miss Misery' – Live At The Oscars
Elliott Smith covers John Lennon’s ‘Jealous Guy’ live
Elliott Smith – backstage and on the road during his ‘XO’ tour 1999
Quick clip showing Elliott Smith's excellent pianist skills
Elliott Smith at Capitol Studios showing his playful side
Elliott Smith gives a songwriting lesson
Elliott Smith with a full orchestra – ‘Colour Bars’