Drummer Mitch Mitchell, the last surviving member of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, was found dead early Wednesday in his hotel room in Oregon, the AFP reported. He was 62.
No cause of death was immediately available, but a statement on the official Jimi Hendrix Web site run by the late guitarist’s estate said Mitchell died from natural causes.
“We’re all devastated to hear of Mitch’s passing,” Janie Hendrix, chief executive of Experience Hendrix said. “He was a wonderful man, a brilliant musician and a true friend. His role in shaping the sound of the Jimi Hendrix Experience cannot be underestimated.”
Mitchell, whose unique drumming style was regarded as a crucial component of the Hendrix-led group’s success, had just completed an 18-city tour of the United States with Experience Hendrix, a concert series featuring guest performers playing tributes to the 1960s group’s music.
“Over the course of the recent tour (Mitch) seemed delighted with the interchange with the other musicians and the audiences. There is no question that he was doing what he loved,” Janie Hendrix added.