Today — September 18th — marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Jimi Hendrix.

He died in his sleep in a London apartment, having choked on his own vomit while intoxicated on barbiturates. He was 27.

But the late Cream drummer Ginger Baker disagreed with drugs being the cause of death. He says Jimi’s girlfriend, German figure skater and painter Monika Dannemann, is to blame.

Jimi Hendrix didn’t die because of drugs at all. Jimi was far to into chicks to be a junkie. He may have become one had he lived, but Jimi didn’t die because of drugs. He died because of a stupid bird. He was sick. He’d been drinking a lot and was in bed with a bird and he was sick. And she was horrified that he’d been sick and went out and slept on the couch in the suite and left him lying in the sick and he drowned in his vomit. If that girl had any sense and just even turned him over and wiped his face, which is what any sensible person would do, what does she do? She went and slept on the couch, wakes up in the morning and Jimi’s dead, what does she do? She called her agent and goes ‘Jimi’s dead! Jimi’s dead! What do I do?’ Call a bloody ambulance you stupid cow. We were looking for him that night and had we found him he certainly wouldn’t be dead because we had a big bottle of coke.”

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