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.