Was the Death of Jimi Hendrix a Drug Overdose, Suicide, or Murder?
The death of Jimi Hendrix ended with the news of another rock star drug overdose. The theme in the music industry has become so common, when this type of tragedy occurs questions are rarely raised.
Troubled, lost, self-indulgent musicians somehow so unhappy with a world where they have everything. The death of Jimi Hendrix was accepted as a drug overdose as quickly as the words were printed in the news. However, the events occurring that evening remaining controversial to this day.
The death of Jimi Hendrix has been ruled a drug overdose, though some say Hendrix committed suicide, while others suspect murder.
Jimi Hendrix was one of the most important musicians in rock and roll. Musicians influence rock in their own way, but Hendrix changed the guitar forever. Prior to Hendrix the words ‘electric guitar’ were non-existent. Despite the instrument being plugged into electricity, Jimi Hendrix brought the instrument to life. He dazzled and hypnotized audiences with abilities nobody in the world ever knew existed. Before 27-years-old, Jimi Hendrix altered the course of music forever.
The Night Before The Death of Jimi Hendrix
On the night of September 17th, Jimi Hendrix spent the evening with girlfriend Monika Dannem in London. Danneman was a German painter Jimi started dating a short time before his death. She would also be the last person to see Hendrix alive.
According to Rolling Stone, “she found him in a coma Friday morning and called an ambulance. The ambulance rushed to the hotel on Landsdowne Crescent, in London’s Nottinghill Gate district, and took him to St. Mary Abbot’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival at 11:45 a.m., London time. Police said the sleeping pills were missing from a bottle in Miss Danneman’s flat, which she had rented in mid-August for six weeks.”
The Death Of Jimi Hendrix Accident, Suicide, or Murder…
The official cause in the death of Jimi Hendrix was ruled a drug overdose.
However, next to Jimi there was a short poem some believed to be a suicide note. Rolling Stone talks about the discovery, “according to Eric Burdon, The Animals, Hendrix left behind for the girlfriend in whose apartment he died what Burdon called a “suicide note” which was a poem several pages in length. The poem is now in the possession of Burdon, the last musician with whom Hendrix played with before he died.
Burdon further explains his suicide theory, in the death of Jimi Hendrix: “The poem just says the things Hendrix has always been saying, but to which nobody ever listened. It was a note of goodbye and a note of hello. I don’t think Jimi committed suicide in the conventional way. He just decided to exit when he wanted to.”
While new accounts suggest the death of Jimi Hendrix was murder. The on-call nurse, John Bannister, when Jimi Hendrix arrived at St. Mary Abbots Hospital wrote a new book. The Telegraph cites that Bannister “claim the patient seemed to have “drowned” in a large amount of red wine.”
The death of Jimi Hendrix as a murder is further explained in The Telegraph. The article goes on to cite that “the account fits with one given by James “Tappy” Wright, a 65-year-old former road manager who worked for Hendrix’s manager Mike Jeffrey. Wright has claimed in a new book that indebted Jeffrey had taken out a $2m life-insurance policy on the star amid concerns about his increased drug-taking, and that he told him Hendrix was “worth more to him dead than alive.”
The Death Of Jimi Hendrix A Contract Killing
He alleges that “Jeffrey confessed to him that he had ordered the killing a month before his death in a plane crash. Wright’s version is that Hendrix was killed on the orders of Jeffrey by a gang who broke into his hotel room and forced wine and painkillers down his throat until he drowned.”
The death of Jimi Hendrix remains a mystery. Only Jimi Hendrix really knows what happens that night. Regardless of how Jimi Hendrix died, his death is a tragedy. We lost one of the most remarkable people in music with the death of Jimi Hendrix.