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Elliott Smith was a musician whose recorded works spanned the decade from 1993 to 2003. The singer, guitarist, and songwriter originally came to prominence as the co-leader of the short-lived, alternative band Heatmiser. Concurrent to that band's run, Smith began a solo career that quickly eclipsed his original group both commercially and critically, which arguably led to the group's downfall by the end of the decade.
Smith was dating Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo's ex-girlfriend Jennifer Chiba at the time of his apparent suicide on October 21st, 2003. To date, the coroner has been unable to determine Smith's cause of death, and the Los Angeles Police Department's investigation remains open. Cuomo wrote the song "The Other Way", which appears on Weezer's Make Believe, in an effort to console Chiba.