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Former Roadie Claims Jimi Hendrix Was Murdered June 4, 2009

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Was Jimi Hendrix murdered? That’s the assertion laid out in a new book by a former roadie for the legendary guitarist.

As reported by the U.K.’s Daily Mail, James “Tappy” Wright maintains in his book, Rock Roadie, that Hendrix was killed as part of an insurance scam.

According to Wright, Hendrix’s manager, Michael Jeffrey, drunkenly confessed to murdering the guitarist by filling him full with pills and several bottles of red wine. Wright says Jeffrey made the confession in 1971, one year after Hendrix’s death, saying he had taken out a life insurance policy on the guitarist that was worth approximately $2 million, naming himself as beneficiary.

“I had to do it, Tappy,” Wright quotes Jeffrey as saying. “You understand, don’t you? I had to do it. You know damn well what I’m talking about.”

Wright further quotes Jeffrey: “I was in London the night of Jimi’s death and together with some old friends … we went round to Monika’s hotel room, got a handful of pills and stuffed them into his mouth … then poured a few bottles of red wine deep into his windpipe.”

Wright goes on to say Jeffrey was fearful that Hendrix was preparing to strike a deal with a new manager, when the contract between Hendrix and himself expired in December 1970.

“That son of a bitch was going to leave me,” Jeffrey is quoted as saying. “If I lost him, I’d lose everything.”

Hendrix’s death has always been shrouded in mystery, with the official cause listed as “barbiturate intoxication and inhalation of vomit.”

In 1992, John Bannister, the surgeon who dealt with Hendrix at the London hospital where he was taken following his apparent overdoes, said that he believed the musician had drowned in red wine, even though he had little alcohol in his bloodstream.

“I recall vividly the very large amounts of red wine that oozed from his stomach and his lungs and in my opinion there was no question that Jimi Hendrix had drowned, if not at home then on the way to the hospital,” Bannister wrote.

Jeffrey himself was killed in a plane crash in 1973.

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