London, July 20 (ANI): The doctor who tried to revive Jimi Hendrix on the night of his death has confessed that it is plausible that the guitarist was murdered.
Dr. John Bannister has said that medical evidence was consistent with claims in a book, which alleged that Hendrix was killed on the orders of his manager Mike Jeffery.
In a new memoir, called ‘Rock Roadie’, James “Tappy” Wright, a former road manager who worked for Jeffery, has detailed the happenings in the early hours of September 18, 1970.
The book claims that on the fateful day, a gang hired by Jeffery broke into the London hotel room where Hendrix was staying with his girlfriend, Monika Dannemann, and forced sleeping pills and wine down his throat until he drowned.
Bannister was the on-call registrar at the now defunct St Mary Abbots Hospital in Kensington on the morning that Hendrix was brought in.
Speaking at his home in Sydney, Bannister, 67, has said that he had no idea who the famous patient was, but remembers that he was “very long”.
“He was hanging over the table we had him on by about ten inches,” the Telegraph quoted him as saying.
And doctors knew it from the beginning that Hendrix had probably arrived too late for the medical staff to save him.
“When you are in casualty, one always tries very hard to resuscitate people. There’s always a hope. We worked very hard for about half an hour but there was no response at all. It really was an exercise in futility,” said Bannister.
“Somebody said to me ‘You know who that was? That was Jimi Hendrix’ and, of course, I said, ‘Who’s Jimi Hendrix?'” he added.
Bannister further added that Wright’s description of what had happened to Hendrix “sounded plausible because of the volume of wine.”
And what struck him most about the unusually tall patient was that he was drenched in alcohol.
“The amount of wine that was over him was just extraordinary. Not only was it saturated right through his hair and shirt but his lungs and stomach were absolutely full of wine. I have never seen so much wine. We had a sucker that you put down into his trachea, the entrance to his lungs and to the whole of the back of his throat.
“We kept sucking him out and it kept surging and surging. He had already vomited up masses of red wine and I would have thought there was half a bottle of wine in his hair. He had really drowned in a massive amount of red wine,” he said.
Conventional account states that Hendrix – one of the most charismatic guitarists in the history of rock – died at the age of 27 from choking on vomit after a drugs overdose.
But Wright, now 65, has stirred conspiracy theorists and Hendrix obsessives around the world with his alternative account of the guitarist’s demise.
He has claimed that Jeffery confessed the murder to him a month before he died in an aircraft collision.
According to Wright, Jeffery told him that Hendrix was “worth more to him dead than alive”. (ANI)