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Final Elliott Smith Album To Be Released

NEW YORK (AP) — Elliott Smith's final album, "from a basement on the hill," will be released Oct. 19, a year after his death, his estate has announced.

The album cover shows Smith sitting on a set of brick steps.

He died in his Los Angeles apartment on Oct. 21, 2003, at age 34 of knife wounds. Though it was widely speculated that he'd killed himself, tests were inconclusive in determining whether it was suicide or murder.

The album was assembled and mixed by longtime friends Rob Schnapf and Joanna Bolme. Schnapf produced Smith's last three albums, the most recent of which was 2000's "Figure 8."

Pulled together from three years of studio work, the album is largely comprised of material never before released. It features 15 tracks and will be released by independent label Anti-Records.

Smith's death only added to the dark, confessional nature of his songs. Long a critical favorite, his "Miss Misery," from 1997's "Good Will Hunting," was nominated for an Academy Award.