Hendrix 'Murdered by Manager'

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted May 31, 2009 6:11 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Jimi Hendrix's manager murdered the legendary rocker to cash in on a $2 million life insurance policy, an aide reveals in a new book. Hendrix was "worth more dead to him than alive," according to roadie James Wright. Wright said manager Michael Jeffrey confessed to him that he filled the musician's mouth with sedatives and wine because Hendrix was about to hire a new manager. Hendrix died at the age of 27 in 1970 in a woman's hotel room.

"We went to Monika's hotel room, got a handful of pills and stuffed them into his mouth," Wright quotes Jeffrey as saying in the book Rock Roadie. "Then we poured a few bottles of red wine deep into his windpipe. I had to do it. That son of a bitch was going to leave me." A doctor at the time said Hendrix drowned in wine, though there was almost no alcohol in his system, reports the Daily Mail. Jeffrey died three years later in a plane crash.