Was Jimi Hendrix murdered? The doctor who battled to save Jimi Hendrix’s life on the night he died has added weight to allegations that the rock legend was murdered.
John Bannister said it was ‘plausible’ that Hendrix was killed 39 years ago by having red wine and sleeping pills forced down his throat. A new book by James ‘Tappy’ Wright, a former road manager for Hendrix, suggests he was killed on the orders of his penniless manager Mike Jeffrey, who wanted to cash in his $2million life insurance policy. Wright claims a gang broke into the London hotel room where the 27-year-old Hendrix was staying with his girlfriend Monika Dannemann on the night of September 18, 1970, and fed him wine until he drowned.
Bannister, 67, who was on duty at St. Mary Abbots hospital in Kensington, England when Hendrix was brought in, said Wright’s account was possible because of the large volume of wine involved. “The amount of wine that was over him was just extraordinary. Not only was it saturated right through his hair and shirt but his lungs and stomach were absolutely full of wine. I have never seen so much wine. We had a sucker that you put down into his trachea, the entrance to his lungs and to the whole of the back of his throat. We kept sucking and it kept surging and surging. He had already vomited up masses of red wine and I would have thought there was half a bottle of wine in his hair. He had really drowned in a massive amount of red wine. When you are in casualty, one always tries very hard to resuscitate people. There’s always a hope. We worked very hard for about half an hour but there was no response at all. It really was an exercise in futility.”
‘Somebody said to me, “You know who that was? That was Jimi Hendrix” and of course I said, “Who’s Jimi Hendrix?”‘ The widely-held belief is that Hendrix choked on his own vomit after a drugs overdose.
Monika Dannemann, who was with Jimi on the night he died, committed suicide in 1996. She always maintained he was alive when the ambulance arrived, but this has been vehemently denied by authorities. Many people also suspected that Hendrix’s girlfriend knew more about his death than she let on. Wright claims in his book “Rock Roadie” that Mike Jeffrey admitted to murdering Jimi Hendrix a month before he himself was killed in a plane crash in 1973.