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Jimi Hendrix Drummer Dies at the Benson Hotel

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November 13, 2008 at 9:00 AM | by | ()

Sad news today. Mitch Mitchell, the drummer for the Jimi Hendrix Experience, was found dead in his room at the Benson Hotel in Portland yesterday. He was 61 years old. Mitchell was part of one of the iconic rock groups to come out of the 60s.

Hendrix, one of music's most celebrated guitarists, joined with Mitchell and bass player Noel Redding to create the Jimi Hendrix Experience in London in 1966. The following year, the band released its debut album, ``Are You Experienced?'' featuring the tracks ``Hey Joe'' and ``Purple Haze.''

Mitchell had actually come to Portland to play with a Hendrix tribute band. There is no foul play suspected and Mitchell was reportedly frail-looking but an autopsy will be performed.

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