Back in June when he was promoting his book, James Wright, a former hendrix roadie claimed that Hendrix’s manager Michael Jeffrey told him he murdered Hendrix for the insurance money. Wright also cited the fact that doctors who came to revive Hendrix were overwhelmed by the amount of wine and pills they found near Hendrix’s body. It turns out that that part wasn’t speculation, John Bannister, one of the doctors who responded to the 911 call, has told the Times that it is “plausible” that Hendrix was murdered.
“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,” The Times reports Bannister as saying.
“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 him out 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.”
Intriguing to say the least. But dude: Where were you 40 years ago! And how come did it just occur to you now that murder was “plausible?” Seriously. [NME]