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Mitch Mitchell has died

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Found dead in a US hotel room apparently, BBC hasn't updated yet so that's all I know.

Sucks :(

Edit: Just found this on Reuters:

PORTLAND, Oregon (Reuters) - Mitch Mitchell, a pioneering drummer best known for his work with 1960s rock icon Jimi Hendrix, died on Wednesday, at age 62.

Mitchell was found dead in his Portland, Oregon, hotel room. A Multnomah County coroner's spokesman said it appeared he died of natural causes, although a formal finding had not yet been issued.

The drummer had been in Portland for the last stop on an 18-city U.S. tour with Experience Hendrix, a concert series celebrating the legacy of the late rock star.

"We're all devastated to hear of Mitch's passing. He was a wonderful man, a brilliant musician and a true friend," Hendrix's sister, Janie Hendrix, said in a statement on behalf of the estate.

"His role in shaping the sound of the Jimi Hendrix Experience cannot be underestimated," she said. "Over the course of the recent tour, he seemed delighted with the interchange with the other musicians and the audiences. There is no question that he was doing what he loved."

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This is properly crap news.

One of the undisputed greats of his generation, the perfect fusion of rock and jazz drumming, and probably the guy that made me start playing in the first place.

One of the best things you can say about a drummer, or any musician for that matter, is that they developed a uniquely identifiable sound. Mitch had that in spades. He played with a very "busy" style, and few drummers have the musicianship to play that way without making the song sound over-elaborate and cluttered. Such a shame that his playing more or less disappeared from the public eye after Jimi died.

Might have to treat myself to a bit of Jimi tonight.....


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