In a new book written by James "Tappy" Wright entitled, Rock Roadie, it is being claimed that Jimi Hendirx was murdered by his manager, Michael Jeffery (see below) as part of an insurance scam because Hendrix had threatened to fire him.
Jimi Hendrix died September 18th 1970 in his girlfriend, Monika Dannemann's, apartment in Nottingham London, of apparent asphyxiation (he had choked to death on his own vomit comprised mainly of red wine). There has been a flurry of controversy over the inconclusive results and circumstances surrounding his death and the eventual suicide of his girlfriend in '96. However in his new book, Wright claims that Hendrix's Manager, Michael Jeffery, confessed to him on a drunken night out, that he had in fact murdered the guitarist in order to financially secure his own future. Wright states that Jeffery claimed, "I had to do it, Tappy. You understand, don’t you? I had to do it. You know damn well what I’m talking about."
He quotes Jeffery as saying: "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.
"I had to do it. Jimi was worth much more to me dead than alive. That son of a bitch was going to leave me. If I lost him, I’d lose everything."Wright claims that that night Jeffery had also told him of a life insurance policy that he had taken out on Hendrix worth $2 million with Jeffery as the beneficiary.
Jeffery died 3 years later in a plane crash.
To read more about the mysterious circumstances surrounding the rock legends death click here.
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