On September 18th 1970, American singer, songwriter and musician Jimi Hendrix died from an overdose of sleeping tablets in London. He was 27.
Slightly over a year and a month prior to his death, Hendrix had been the highest paid performer at the Woodstock Festival in the US.
Hendrix is best remembered for his skill with the electric guitar, and has been considered one of the most influential users of said instrument, as well as the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock.
Hendrix is also a member of what is known as the "27 Club" - popular musicians who died at 27 - which has led rise to the belief that musicians are more likely to die at this age than normal people, but there does not appear to be true facts to back this up.
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