JIMI HENDRIX’S former roadie claims the guitar legend was murdered by his own manager – as part of a life insurance swindle.
James ‘Tappy’ Wright says Hendrix’s manager Michael Jeffery confessed the crime to him a year later, during a drunken session at the roadie’s house.
According to Wright – whose revelations feature in his upcoming tell-all tome Rock Roadie – Jeffery visited Hendrix at the London hotel he was staying at and plied him with pills and alcohol.
Jeffery had to make sure the death didn’t look like a suicide otherwise the life insurance policy he’d taken out on Hendrix – which named him as the sole beneficiary of a $2million (£1.2million) payout – would have been thrown into jeopardy, claims Wright.
Hendrix died in September 1970 after he’d choked on his own vomit.
The official cause of death was ‘barbiturate intoxication and inhalation of vomit’ – but mystery has always surrounded the 27-year-old’s tragic demise.
John Bannister, the surgeon who tried to revive Hendrix, admitted in 1992 that he was surprised at the lack of red wine – which the rocker had supposedly been drinking – in his bloodstream.
Jeffery died in a plane crash in 1973, two years after making his alleged confession to Wright.
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