Suicide — or murder most foul?

Jimi Hendrix was in the spotlight for just four years, but he is remembered as one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame described him as “the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music.”

That talent, that great gift went dark in London England on September 18, 1970.

Jimi Hendrix with Monika Dannemann

The only witness to his death was Monika Dannemann, a German figure skater and painter he met on his European tour. Jimi was staying in her flat at the Samarkand Hotel in the Notting Hill district of West London.

The night before they were at a party together where Jimi is known to have had at least one amphetamine pill called a ‘black bomber.’ They got back to Monika’s flat in the early hours of September 18.

Monika told authorities that around 3 a.m. she made two tuna fish sandwiches. An hour later, Jimi, an insomniac, asked her for some of her prescription sleeping pills. Finally he slept.

Just after 10 a.m. Monika woke up and said Jimi was still asleep. She left the apartment to buy cigarettes and when she returned an hour later Jimi was still in bed, breathing but unconscious and unresponsive. She called an ambulance which arrived at 11:27am.

Where was Monika?

The ambulance crew said the door to the flat was wide open, the gas fire was on, the curtains were drawn and the apartment was dark. They called out several times but got no response. They went inside and found Jimi Hendrix alone in bed. Dannemann was not there.

Jimi Hendrix was taken to hospital where all attempts to resuscitate him failed. He was pronounced dead at 12:45 p.m. He was 27.

An autopsy showed the cause of death was an overdose of barbiturates and sleeping pills. He had taken nine of Monika’s prescription sleeping pills — 18 times the recommended dosage.

The coroner said there was “insufficient evidence of [suicide]” and recorded an open verdict.

No evidence of suicidal intent

“The cause of death was clearly inhalation of vomit due to barbiturate intoxication,” the coroner ruled, “but there is no evidence as to intention to commit suicide.”

Monika Dannemann’s inconsistent stories about Jimi’s death, her slanderous comments about his former girlfriend Kathy Etchingham and her own premature demise cast doubt on the true cause of death.

Dannemann reportedly committed suicide in 1996 at the age of 50, but reports of “foul play” continue to circulate — payback for what really happened on September 18, 1970.

Purple Haze all in my brain

Lately things just don’t seem the same

Actin’ funny but I don’t know why

‘Scuse me while I kiss the sky

Help me

Help me

I can’t go on like this

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Brian Jones death mystery

Did someone help Brian Jones become a member of the 27 Club?

The co-founder and original leader of The Rolling Stones died more than 50 years ago, but the question still haunts many rock fans — Did he accidentally drown in his backyard pool or did someone help him become a member of the 27 Club.

Brian Jones died on July 3, 1969, at the age of 27, joining (most famously) Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Amy Winehouse, and others. 

Jim Morrison also died on July 3rd.


Jones’ body was found to contain high levels of drugs and alcohol and the coroner ruled the case “death by misadventure.”  But the guitarist’s Swedish girlfriend, Anna Wohlin, claims he died after a fight with his bodyguard Frank Thorogood who Jones had reportedly fired earlier that day. She said the truth was covered up to protect the band’s image.

Thorogood was also accused by two rock writers of killing Jones by holding his head under water in the pool. The writers documented their findings in “Paint It Black: The Murder Of Brian Jones” by Geoffrey Giuliano, and “Who Killed Christopher Robin?” by Terry Rawlings. The title of the latter refers to Jones’ house which was formerly owned by “Winnie the Pooh” creator A.A. Milne.

Brian Jones death mystery
Anna Wohlin and Frank Thorogood

Thorogood, a builder who was doing some work on Jones’ house, allegedly killed the musician in a fight over money — Thorogood had been paid £18,000 for the work but wanted another £6,000. The killing was covered up by senior police officers when they discovered how badly local police had botched the investigation.

Thorogood, who died in 1993, reportedly confessed on his death bed to the band’s former chauffeur and “fixer” Tom Keylock, a World War II paratrooper.

Tom Keylock and Brian Jones

More recently, when police reopened the case ten years ago, Keylock himself became a suspect, if not in the killing itself then covering up the crime. Keylock often referred to Jones as a “pain in the arse.” But there was still no hard evidence linking either Thorogood or Keylock to Jones’ death and the case was again shelved.

Keylock was never formally interviewed by the police. He died in London in 2009 at the age of 82 — the last living player in the half-century mystery. We will never know what happened that night in the pool in East Sussex.

Brian Jones death mystery

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