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I've been looking for a few days now for answers to a few questions regarding Hendrix's death and they are proving quite elusive.
The first big question I want answered is what proof is there other than Dannemans word that he took 9 barbiturates? I can find no other witness's to this and the only other evidence is there was apparently a pack of 40 of the same pills (that incidentally belonged to Danneman) in his pocket which could easily have been placed there by anyone.
Though in a few places they mention rice was in his stomach contents there's no mention of barbiturates. I have read that doctors were surprised by how little alcohol was actually in his blood considering how much was in his lungs and stomach, surely if there was massive OD of barbiturates in his blood too they would have mentioned that? And if there were all those barbiturates in his blood why was the verdict on his death apparently left open, and not actually that he died of inhalation of vomit or an OD like so many places say?
The one that bugs me the most is why the hell did Eric Burdon say there was suicide note? And why was he the first person Danneman called when she saw Hendrix "was ill" though we now in fact know he was well dead by the time the phone call was made.
This rumour about Hendrix Choking on his vomit was actually started by Danneman I think as she said she rode in the Ambulance with Hendrix and the paramedics sat him up causing him to choke. Though the paramedics tell a completely different story (and who are you more likely to believe after everything we've heard about Danneman?) They say that there was no one in the flat, Hendrix was dead when they arrived but they tried to revive him anyway as is procedure then wrapped up his body and took him to hospital where he was pronounced DOA.
Another big question is why the media court Danneman's version of events so completely for so many years? Did no one do any research at all and just accepted this woman's story that she was engaged to Hendrix and had been dating him for 18 months? There is almost no evidence of this, in fact there is tons of evidence to the contrary if you care to look (and not that hard, you only have to type their names into google or pick up any of the many books written by his friends over the years).
What a huge cock up is all I can say, it's doubtful now we'll ever know what happened to Hendrix but I'm going to continue this series of posts, I'm unearthing so much about certain characters who were involved with Hendrix on or around the night of his death I'm going to do a series of posts about each of them.
My post About Michael Jeffrey is here, and the first post of this series is here.