On the morning of September 18, 1970, Burdon was at the apartment where Jimi Hendrix had fatally overdosed on drugs. He helped Hendrix’s two girlfriends, Monika Danneman and Alvinia Bridges, clean up the place before the cops showed up.
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After they had taken the body of Jimi Hendrix to the hospital, where he was DOA, Burdon found on the shag carpet a note written by Hendrix, the final stanza of which read: “The story of life is quicker than the wink of an eye. The story of love is hello and goodbye . . . until we meet again.”
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About Hendrix’s death, Burdon had been mistakenly quoted as saying Jimi had committed suicide. In the book Burdon clarified that the evils in the record business - his unscrupulous manager, Mike Jeffery, and all the accountants and lawyers had killed Jimi Hendrix.
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In a more objective mode, Burdon theorized that Hendrix’s girlfriend, Monika Danneman, hoping to keep Jimi from flying back to America the following day, dosed him with perhaps as many as nine of her strong German sleeping pills, accidentally killing Hendrix. (Hendrix died with a large amount of barbiturates and wine in his system.)