Jimi Hendrix Grave

Jimi Hendrix was a legendary musician and songwriter who in just four years at the top of the music industry became one of the greatest guitar players of all time. Jimi Hendrix grave is situated in his home town of Seattle, buried alongside other family members.

Hendrix was born on November 27 1942 in Seattle and died at the age of 27 after choking on his own vomit while high on barbiturates in London. Although supposedly saying previously that he wanted to be buried in England, his body was flown home to be buried in his local Greenwood Memorial Park.

Controversy still surrounds his death as to the exact circumstances which occurred that day.

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Location of Jimi Hendrix Grave.

Greenwood Memorial Park,

350 Monroe Avenue NE,

Renton, WA 98056

Located in the south western corner of the cemetery.

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To call this a grave is an understatement. Usual headstones for graves have nothing on this most beautiful of cemetery monuments. It was the result of work by Jimi’s father Al Hendrix who wanted a fitting and appropriate place for fans to pay their respects. It was only finished shortly before Al’s death in 2002 where he is now buried beside his son. Jimi’s remains were originally interred elsewhere in the cemetery in the family plot but were moved here in late 2002 along with other close family members.

The monument itself is nearly 30 feet high and comprises of a dome sat on three columns. The whole structure is made of granite but trimmed with what is known as ‘rainbow’ marble, and reputedly cost $500,000 to design and build. The interior of the Jimi Hendrix Grave Memorial is elaborately carved and decorated with images of Hendrix and his guitar.

It has been suggested that the original idea was to include a life size statue of Hendrix beside a purple fountain. Perhaps this would have gone ahead if Al Hendrix hadn’t passed away when he did?

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Jimi Hendrix Death.

Hendrix died on September 18 1970 at a hotel in Notting Hill, London, England. Most of his last movements are only known due to the statements of his girlfriend Monika Dannemann. She describes his last hours as follows:-

They ate a meal together at their hotel at about 11:00 pm on September 17. She then drove him to a party at about 1:45 am and picked him up again at to return to their hotel about 3:00 am. After another light meal they went to bed and went to sleep about 7:00am. Dannermann woke about 10:20 and went out, returning at 11:00 to find Hendrix breathing but unconscious. She phoned for an ambulance at 11:18 which arrived just nine minutes later and left with Hendrix by 11:35. He was pronounced dead upon arrival at hospital.

However, ever since there have been various stories and suggestions circulating as to other occurring factors:-

Dannermann has consistently changed her story – even providing several versions over the days following Hendrix death. These inconsistencies included times, whether or not she left the house, whether or not she had given Hendrix any sleeping tablets (or whether he had taken them off her) and who she had or hadn’t phoned. There is evidence to suggest that she only called for an ambulance because someone else told her to do so.

She also claims that she rode in the ambulance to the hospital with him. Yet the ambulance crew state that not only did she not do this, but that she wasn’t even at the hotel. They say that when they got there the door was open and the only person inside was Hendrix covered in vomit. All signs suggested that he was already dead.

It is also unclear as to the amount of alcohol, drugs and tablets consumed by Hendrix in the 24 hours leading up to his death.

A further suggestion has been that there was a fault on behalf of the ambulance crew. It is said that he was still alive when put in the ambulance but was strapped upright to a chair. This prevented him from leaning forward to release the vomit and so lead to his death.

The case was reinvestigated in 1993 but was found to be inconclusive.

 

 

Jimi Hendrix grave – one last thought.

Please remember that famous graves such as Jimi Hendrix grave and those such as the Bruce Lee grave and the Jim Morrison grave should all be treated with respect. Treat them as if they were your own family members. Leave some cemetery flowers or just sit and take in your surroundings, but please do make sure you clear up any rubbish behind you.