It has been a tragic few months in the music world; First Lemmy, then David Bowie, and now Jimi Hendrix is the latest influential contributor to modern music to have died, and only a mere 45 years since the first time he passed away.
Jimi Hendrix, born Johnny Allen Hendrix in 1942, had a short mainstream career in music, but he is widely regarded as one of the most influential instrumentalists of modern rock music.
Hendrix died in 1970 at the age of 27, joining the ranks of other famous musicians who died at the same age in the infamous ’27 club’. Hendrix returned from being dead for 19 years in September of 1988, making his most recent death only a mere 5 months since he turned 27 for the second time. He is the first person to be admitted to the 27 club twice.
Having sworn to not repeat the mistakes of his past, Jimi Hendrix’s second life was one of sobriety and healthy living, and he largely stayed away from writing or playing music. He briefly pursued a career in acting, even auditioning to play himself in the 2013 biopic of his own life All Is By My Side, but ultimately lost the part to Outkast’s André Benjamin. The film’s director, John Ridley, said “It was amazing, ya know? You’re making this film about this amazing guy, and then that amazing guy walks in to audition – in the flesh! It was so hard to turn him down, but ultimately André was the better man for the role, ya know? Sometimes as a filmmaker you have to go with your gut and make decisions that might be seen as, I don’t know, opposite to what might appear to be the most logical choice.”
Hendrix slipped out of the public eye after the film’s release. Although sources close to him say that despite denying a complete career change, Jimi had plans to open his own restaurant called ‘The Watchtower’ all along.
The cause of death remains unknown at this point, and autopsy reports have not been made public. Needless to say, Jimi’s death will have a huge impact to musicians and fans everywhere again.