Celebs who died young

These actors, musicians, and public figures passed away before their time

#23 Jimi Hendrix

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Born: November 27th, 1942

Died: September 18th, 1970

Age at death: 27

Cause of death: Asphyxia

Jimi Hendrix spent much of September 17th, 1970 in London with his girlfriend Monika Dannemann. According to Dannemann, she and Hendrix arrived at her apartment at 3 a.m. from the residence of an acquaintance. They reportedly talked until around 7 a.m., when they went to sleep. Dannemann then awoke around 11 a.m. and found Hendrix breathing but unconscious and unresponsive. She called for an ambulance and Hendrix was transported to St. Mary Abbot’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead the afternoon of the following day. According to an inquest into his death, Hendrix aspirated his own vomit and died of asphyxia while intoxicated with barbiturates.

Though his mainstream career only spanned four years, Hendrix is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century. Some of his popular songs include All Along the Watchtower, Hey Joe, Voodoo Chile, and Foxy Lady.