In his forthcoming memoir, former Jimi Hendrix roadie James "Tappy" Wright claims the legendary rock guitarist was murdered.
In Rock Roadie, according to a report in the Mail on Sunday, Wright says Hendrix's manager, Michael Jeffrey, confessed to killing the star by plying him with pills and several bottles of red wine because he feared his client was about to leave him for a more lucrative deal.
Wright claims Jeffrey made the confession in 1971, the year after Hendrix’s death. The former roadie writes that Jeffrey had taken out a life insurance policy on the musician worth about US$2 million, with himself as the beneficiary. Jeffrey himself was killed in a plane crash in 1973.
Hendrix was found dead at London's Samarkand Hotel on September 18, 1970. His official cause of death was reported as "barbiturate intoxication and inhalation of vomit".