^ i think i'm goign to stick with suicide. although it is questionable considering how he did it, i think he was far too nice of a person to have enemies like that. his music was dismal and even haunting at times. it wasnt sad lyricly, it was something that could definitely only come from his own experiences. he certainly seemed to have suicidal thoughts before he died, which can be seen through his music. oddly enough, however, it seems that his most upbeat music was his most recently written stuff. from a basement on a hill is a much more involved, more upbeat album, and most of the songs were recorded just before his death. although i get chills each time i listen to fond farewell...it seems to be his musical suicide note. its not necessarily a sad song, but the message for those who knew about him is depressing after what happened.