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Poor guy, in 1959 he showed promise as a successful musician but this cruel world broke him. He had to get a lobotomy in 1967 just to stop him from hurting himself. He died almost penniless in 1969 from drug overdose. He was only 27. What's more his only son didn't make it off any better and killed himself by jumping of a bridge only a few years ago.
This forgotten fifth Beatle almost made it big in his music career, art career and his love life but an aneurysm took him away at just 21 in 1962. John Lennon, his best friend was devastated and would bother him for the rest of his life because he believed that he was somewhat responsible for his death.
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Despite conflicting evidence as to Elliott's mental state in the last weeks of his life, there is no question that he was on an upward trajectory overall - having been clean from illicit drugs and excited to be recording again. Elliott had such a big heart and was by all accounts a person full of love and generosity. Not to mention, one of the most talented and profoundly affecting musicians that ever lived.
The question of suicide vs homicide will probably never be answered for certain (except for perhaps one person who knows for sure). That question may add to the legend, but either way it is monumentally tragic. Just look at the footage of his very last concert (Redfast, UT). The man, apart from a little irritation at messing up a few times, seems much more at peace than almost any concert you'll see of his from his last 4 or 5 years. From the guitar work and singing you can tell he has clearly put the focus back onto his music.
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