LONDON -- Jimi Hendrix, the American Negro-lndian many critics considered the world's finest electric guitarist, was taken today to St. Mary Abbot's Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival, a hospital spokesman said. He was 25.
"We don't know where, how or why he died," the spokesman said. "The matter has been referred to the coroner."
Hendrix recording hits included "Are You Experienced", "Axis: Bold and Love", "Electric Ladyland", "Band of Gypsies" with Buddy Miles, and "Jimi Hendrix Experience and Otis Redding Live in Monterrey", a current bestseller. Redding died in a plane crash two years ago.
Hendrix had been in Europe on a tour with his band and was visiting London. He had been staying at the Cumberland Hotel, but a hotel spokesman said Hendrix did not stay there Thursday night.
A close friend, British rhythm and blues singer Eric Burdon, said Hendrix spent the night at his girl friend's place.
"She found him in a coma this morning and called for an ambulance, but he died on his way to the hospital. All I know is that he had taken some sleeping tablets."