Drummer Mitch Mitchell dies at 61November 13th, 2008 - 10:35 am ICT by Bupha Ravirot
Mitch Mitchell drummer of Jimi Hendrix Experience died Wednesday , November 12 in Portland. He was 61.
Mitch Mitchell, who play drum with Hendrix since 1960s was found dead at around 3 a.m of Wednesday in the Benson Hotel,Portland where he spent vacation in after finishing a tour with a Hendrix tribute show.
An employee of Benson Hotel discovered his dead body in the morning and called police. Multnomah County medical examined that Mitch Mitchell died of apparent natural causes. However he was the last surviving member of the group. Hendrix died in 1970. Bass player Noel Redding died in 2003.
Mitchell had been a child actor before taking up the drums in his native England. In 1964 and ‘65, he played with the Riot Squad, Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames and the Pretty Things, leaving them after about a dozen gigs to join Hendrix’s band.
He was a powerful force on the Hendrix band’s 1967 debut album “Are You Experienced?” as well as the trio’s albums “Electric Ladyland” and “Axis: Bold As Love.” He had an explosive drumming style that can be heard in hard-charging songs such as “Fire” and “Manic Depression.”
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