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Jimi Hendrix drummer found dead in Portland hotel



03:59 PM PST on Wednesday, November 12, 2008


By DAVID KROUGH, kgw.com and AP Staff


PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Jimi Hendrix Experience's drummer Mitch Mitchell was found dead in a downtown Portland hotel Wednesday.


The Multnomah County Medical Examiner's office said 61-year-old Mitch Mitchell likely died of natural causes. His body was found just after 3 a.m. at the Benson Hotel.


M_IMAGE.11beb4b9125.93.88.fa.d0.1a6fbce2 Experience Hendrix


An autopsy was scheduled for Wednesday.


Mitchell had been playing with the Experience Hendrix tour that just made a stop in Portland at the Schnitz last Friday.


Mitchell along with bass players Noel Redding and Billy Cox backed Hendrix for the generation defining sounds of his electrified psychedelic blues. The Experience played behind Hendrix at Woodstock and the Isle of Wight festivals in the late 1960s.

Hendrix died in 1970, Redding died in 2003. Mitchell was with the group from 1966-69.

BranfordJeff - I'd hit it like a drumset in the special ed classroom.

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