Jimi Hendrix, born Johnny Allen Hendrix on the 27th of November 1942, is considered as one of the greatest electric guitarists in rock music history. He was also a singer and songwriter. He was an icon and is probably one of the most influential musicians of his time. His musical influence spans across different genres from blues, to rock, to jazz, etc. He was so proficient at his instrument even though he was self taught and his technique was simply outstanding. Jimi Hendrix died on September 18, 1970. He was aged 27 at the time of his death.
Jimi Hendrix’ death still remains a mystery until today. Some say it was murder, some say it was suicide, some say it was simply drug overdose. Whatever the reason is behind Jimi Hendrix’ death, its circumstances have never been fully explained.
His body was found at about 11:27 a.m. of November 27, 1942 in his lover’s hotel room. According to the autopsy, Hendrix had asphyxiated in his own vomit. It was likely that he had vomited in his sleep (as he attended a party the night prior to his death and had apparently ingested a lot of alcohol) and failed to wake up. Her lover’s statements however were often contradicting. Information varied from one interview to another. At one point she had claimed that at the day of Jimi Hendrix’ death, she had accompanied him in the ambulance and that Hendrix was still breathing at that time. The paramedics present in the vehicle denied her presence and stated that Hendrix was already dead when they found him. She also claimed that prior to Jimi Hendrix’ death, he had ingested nine pills of a half-pill per dosage sleeping pill – suicide was then also considered to be a possible explanation for Jimi Hendrix’ death. Hendrix’ constant drug use however could have been sufficient enough explanation for the act of ingesting the pills.
In 2009, James Wright, a fellow musician and author, claimed that manager Mike Jeffrey was responsible for Jimi Hendrix’ death; he claimed that the manager admitted to murdering Hendrix because he was thinking about firing him and ending his contract. Among those who supported Wright was the doctor who attended to the scene of Jimi Hendrix’ death. According to the doctor, it was possible that Hendrix was forcefully fed with a massive amount of red wine and sleeping pills. This testimony was contradicted by the paramedics that were also present in the scene.
Jimi Hendrix’ death still remains a mystery largely due to the lack of eye witness accounts, evidence, and even his unpredictable tendencies. His untimely death was a terrible loss to the music industry. To die at such a young age and still be able to contribute that much, his life’s work was already worth more than a lifetime – Jimi Hendrix was, and still is, a legend.