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On This Day… The Death Of Hendrix

Written by: George Chittenden : 18 Sep 2019

It was on this day, 18th Sept, back in 1970 when one of the most influential guitarists of the 1960s, Jimi Hendrix, died. Described as "arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music" by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the American musician was only twenty-seven when he died.

After a night out drinking red wine with friends in London he went back to his girlfriend’s apartment in Notting Hill, and on top of all the alcohol he’d consumed he took some of his girlfriend’s sleeping pills. The pills were a brand called Vesperax and he took nine full tablets, nearly twenty times the amount that would normally be prescribed by a doctor.

The following morning his girlfriend, Monika Dannemann who was a German figure skater and artist awoke and went out to buy some cigarettes, and when she returned sometime around 10:00 am she found him unresponsive and covered in vomit. Unfortunately, he’d choked on his own vomit and had died from asphyxiation.

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