The family of the late Elliott Smith has issued a statement that implies
they are not as supportive of the singer's girlfriend as she suggested in her interview with MTV last week. As previously reported, the coroner's report into Smith's death said that there was not enough evidence to prove he committed suicide. If that statement implies Smith was murdered then girlfriend Jennifer Chiba, who was in the house at the time of the incident, would become a prime suspect. With that in mind Chiba last week hit out at implied accusations in the media, pointing out she had not been charged with any crime, and claiming to have the support of Elliott's family.
However the attorney representing the family, Conrad Rippy, yesterday issued
a statement that was non-committal with regards where their loyalties lie: "Elliott's family has every confidence that the ongoing investigation will determine the actual circumstances of Elliott's death. Until such time as their investigation has concluded, however, and especially in light of the recently published coroner's report, neither Elliott's family nor anyone else can claim to know 'the truth' about Elliott's death, and any statement to the contrary mischaracterizes the family's position."
Police have reopened their investigations into Elliott's death since the coroner's report was published at the start of the month.