How Did Jimi Hendrix Die?

How Did Jimi Hendrix Die

The legendary Jimi Hendrix is without a doubt an icon in the hard rock music vein and an inspiration for every struggling musician in the world. He is also considered the most influential rock guitarists in rock history due to his unmatched skill and creativity. Despite releasing just five albums, Jimi Hendrix has become a staple in the world of rock and roll due to his showmanship and technical prowess that remain unmatched to this day.

We would do well to point out that there is a bit of controversy surrounding his death, with one side of the argument claiming that the artist’s death was a result of asphyxiation after overdosing on sleeping pills, while on the other side of the argument people are claiming that Jimi committed suicide. Strangely enough, there are also a few how believe that Jimi Hendrix’s death is a result of a government conspiracy involving his girlfriend at the time Monika Dannemann.

What we know

On the night of September 17, 1970, Jimi Hendrix and his girlfriend Monika Dannemann went back to her house after spending the evening at a party with his friends. After arriving at her apartment in Notting Hill, Jimi apparently took some of his girlfriend’s sleeping pills to help him sleep. It has to be said that Jimi had been drinking all evening, so maybe in retrospect it wasn’t such a good idea to take nine tablets of sleeping pills, more than twenty times the prescribed dose.

Jimi argued at the time that it was Vesperax, a brand of sleeping pills he was familiar with and that nothing will go wrong. The following morning, his girlfriend went out to buy a pack of cigarettes. Upon her return around 10:00 AM, she found Jimi unresponsive and covered in vomit. She immediately called one of Jimi’s old friends who instructed her to call an ambulance. By the time the ambulance arrived, Jimi Hendrix was found dead at the scene.

After the autopsy, specialists concluded that Jimi died of asphyxiation shortly after midnight as a result of a sleeping pills overdose. Despite all this, some people had a tough time accepting the official story, mainly because of how Dannemann’s story kept changing. Initially, she said that Jimi was still alive in the ambulance on the road to the hospital. She also said that Hendrix was alive but sleeping when she left for cigarettes that morning.


There are, of course, some who hold different opinions about what really happened that night. For instance, one conspiracy claims that his girlfriend Dannemann had strangled him with a scarf that she wrapped tightly around his neck that morning.

Strangely enough, this particular conspiracy is supported by the doctor who performed the autopsy, as he claims that the amount of wine found in his system was too much for a person to drink alone willingly.

This strange theory is based on the idea that Jimi Hendrix was actually assassinated by Dannemann and his manager because he was allegedly going to terminate his contract. We aren’t really sure what Dannemann would have gained by this, but then again, conspiracy theories aren’t entirely rational.

Some say, however, that Jimi Hendrix committed suicide that night, based on the sad poem found written in his hand. Based on Jimi’s erratic behavior and judging by how sad he was in the months leading to his death, the theory according to which he ended his own life seems a lot more plausible than the one claiming that he was murdered. Still, when found in the morning, Jimi had quite a few sleeping pills in his pocket, so why didn’t he take all of them if he was planning on committing suicide?


Unfortunately, there is no foregone conclusion when it comes to Jimi Hendrix’s death, although it would be safe to point out that mixing alcohol with sleeping pills was a very bad idea regardless of the motives behind it.

What’s certain is that Jimi left a huge void when he left so early, so maybe that’s why there are so many conspiracies surrounding his death, maybe that’s how some people deal with losing one of the most influential and revered artists to have ever lived.

  • Buster

    This article is laughably uncredible. 1) You won’t find any source for Jimi arguing that he was familiar with the Vesparax barbiturate because the PEI authors of that claim made it up out of thin air. The truth is Jimi was totally unfamiliar with the foreign language-labeled brand. 2) Monika Dannemann’s story has been refuted to the point that it cannot be used for reference, yet here is PEI using it straight. The truth is Monika did not call the ambulance right away. 3) The autopsy never concluded Jimi died around midnight. PEI is pulling that out of thin air. The official story claims Jimi died around 11:45am – 12 hours later. The Inquest never bothered to establish an official time of death. 4) Yes, Monika’s story was all over the place and full of contradictions. PEI cites this but then uses it against conspiracy theorists instead of admitting it backs them. 5) There’s no need to cite bogus theories like Monika strangling Jimi with a scarf. That is a strawman that no serious researcher believes. If Jimi was strangled the autopsy would have caught it. 6) Dr Bannister’s witnessing of the wine has nothing to do with that bogus strangulation theory. Dr Bannister witnessed drowning, not strangulation. Tying the two together is uncredible. 7) Jimi being drowned in wine is backed by some very credible evidence and motives not mentioned in this childishly idiotic article. Monika’s motive might have simply been to keep from being killed. Meanwhile the person whose motives are relevant, Michael Jeffery, isn’t even mentioned. 8) The suicide theory has been completely refuted. Jimi was ambitiously trying to make some career moves in the weeks before his death because of his troubles with Jeffery. You can’t commit suicide by drowning yourself in wine. The forensic evidence at autopsy proves homicide. Both Monika and Chas Chandler insisted Jimi did not commit suicide. The reason they were emphatic about that is because they both knew Michael Jeffery murdered Jimi. Also, Jimi was not found with any pills in his pocket. PEI just made that up. And his blood alcohol content at autopsy was so low as to preclude any claimed drug reaction or false claims of “drinking all night”.

    This article is so stupidly incorrect on most of the basic facts of the case that its source should be sued by Hendrix’s surviving family members. Who are the fools who put it together?