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Monika Danneman found dead

The following reports were posted on Hey Joe around April 5, 1996

Friday April 5 10:53 AM EST 

Ex-girlfriend of rock star Jimi Hendrix found dead

LONDON (Reuter) - A former girlfriend of 1960s rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix,
locked in a bitter legal battle with an erstwhile
rival for his affections, was found dead Friday, police said. 

Monica Danneman, a 50-year-old German artist, was discovered in a
fume-filled car near her home in Seaford, Sussex,
southern England. Police said they were treating the death as a suicide. 

Danneman was convicted of contempt of court Wednesday in a case involving a
26-year feud with a rival. Despite demands
by the 49-year-old plantiff, Kathy Etchingham, for her imprisonment, the
judge released her. 

The court agreed Danneman had breached a legal promise not to repeat an
allegation about Etchingham's truthfulness. The
undertaking was part of the settlement of a libel action over Danneman's
memoirs, ``The Inner Life of Jimi Hendrix.'' 

Each woman claimed to tend the flame of the legends surrounding the
left-handed guitarist, singer and songwriter, famous for
his virtuoso techniques in which he played upside down or with his teeth. 

The feud began in the 1970s when Etchingham gave a racy interview to a
British newspaper about life with Hendrix.
Dannemann strongly objected to the contents of her interview. 

Etchingham split up with the American guitarist in 1969 after a 30-month
affair. 

Hendrix, from Seattle, Wash., moved to London in 1966 and formed a trio, the
Jimi Hendrix Experience, which had hit
singles with songs like ``Hey Joe'' and ``Purple Haze.'' 

Danneman said she was engaged to Hendrix and was sharing an apartment in
London's Notting Hill with him when he
overdosed on sleeping tablets in September 1970. 
Friday April 5 12:30 PM EST 

Former Jimi Hendrix girlfriend found dead

(New story. Updates with more background, police statement) 

LONDON (Reuter) - A former girlfriend of 1960s star rock guitarist Jimi
Hendrix was found dead Friday just two days after
she was convicted of contempt of court in a dispute with a former rival for
his affections, police said. 

Monica Danneman, a 50-year-old German artist, was discovered in a
fume-filled car near her home in Seaford in southern
England. Police said they were treating the death as a suicide. 

``I can confirm that the body was found in the garage and my understanding
is that the victim may have been overcome by
fumes,'' a spokesman for local police said. 

Danneman was convicted of contempt of court Wednesday in a case involving a
26-year feud with Kathy Etchingham, a rival
for Hendrix's affections. 

A High Court judge agreed Danneman had broken a legal promise not to repeat
an allegation about Etchingham's truthfulness
given as part of the settlement of a libel action over Danneman's memoirs,
``The Inner Life of Jimi Hendrix.'' 

Etchingham, 49, asked the High Court in London to jail Danneman but the
judge released her. 

Each woman claimed to tend the flame of the legend surrounding the
left-handed guitarist, singer and songwriter, famous for
his virtuoso techniques in which he played upside-down or with his teeth. 

The feud began in the 1970s when Etchingham gave a racy interview to a
British newspaper about life with ``the wild man of
rock'' and Dannemann strongly objected to its contents. 

Hendrix, who was from Seattle, Wash., moved to London in 1966 and formed a
trio, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, which had
hit singles with songs like ``Hey Joe'' and ``Purple Haze.'' 

Etchingham split up with the American guitarist in 1969 after a 30-month
affair. 

Danneman, then a 23-year-old ice-skating champion, said she was engaged to
Hendrix and was sharing a London apartment
with him when he overdosed on sleeping tablets in September 1970. 

Having promised to ``spread his message,'' she spent the rest of her life as
a near-recluse, painting pictures of the rock star as
a god-like figure that covered walls in her house. 

In an interview with the Daily Mail newspaper last year, she admitted she
had some regrets. ``I never go out and socialize. I'm
just working on my art,'' she said. 

``Jimi gave me a very heavy burden. I had to promise, really promise, that
if he died I'd spread his message. It is a lonely life.
But if I'd not met Jimi my life would have been very ordinary.'' 
 London Times - Saturday April 6, 1996

                                               GENERAL NEWS

                     Victim of a legend, 26 years on 

      Hendrix's sad love kills herself after losing
                          court case 
                          BY RICHARD DUCE 


     A GIRLFRIEND who pledged her life to the memory of Jimi Hendrix
     killed herself yesterday, only 48 hours after losing a costly High
Court      clash
     with another ex-lover of the rock guitarist. Monika Danneman was found
     dead in her fume-filled Mercedes at her thatched cottage in Seaford, East
     Sussex, which she had turned into a shrine to the star. 

     Hendrix was living with Miss Danneman in London when he died in
     1970, and in a recent interview she said: "Jimi gave me a heavy burden. I
     had to promise that if he died, I'd spread his message. It is a lonely
life. But if
     I'd not met Jimi, my life would have been very ordinary." 

     She had been involved in a long controversy over the circumstances of

    Hendrix's death and his relationship with the other woman, Kathy
     Etchingham. On Wednesday, Miss Danneman, 50, an artist, was held to be
     in contempt by breaching an injunction not to repeat allegations that Miss
     Etchingham, 49, was an "inveterate liar" about her life with Hendrix. She
     was liable for 30,000 costs. 

     Last night Miss Etchingham said at her home near Farnham, Hampshire: "I
     am greatly saddened that it should have to end like this. There was
never      any
     personal ill-will as far as I was concerned. But certain things
happened      over
     the last five years over which I had to take a legal stand. I feel very         sorry for her family over this dreadful news." 

     In the past Miss Etchingham, who inspired the Hendrix song Foxy
     Lady, had questioned whether Miss Danneman could have done more to
     save Hendrix before he choked to death on his own vomit in September
     1970, aged 27. Continued speculation about the circumstances of the death
     led Sir Nicholas Lyell, the Attorney-General, to reopen the file in
1994 and
     consider whether he died, as the official version said, in an ambulance
on his
     way to hospital, or had lain dead in Miss Danneman's Notting Hill flat for
     hours before help was summoned. The investigation cleared her of
     suggestions that she delayed calling for help. 

     The two women cut contrasting figures in the High Court this week. Miss
     Etchingham, now married to a doctor, appeared to be in control. Miss
     Danneman, an East German-born former ice-skater, appeared sad and
     isolated as she scribbled endless notes for her lawyers. 

     She continued to paint pictures of Hendrix up until her death. The court
     was told that she had been forced to sell some of her paintings to support
     herself, and was also in ill-health. In her recent interview, she said:
"I never
     go out and socialise. I'm just working on my art." 

     Miss Danneman had earlier lost a libel action and was ordered to pay
     1,000 damages and costs after alleging that Miss Etchingham "would cheat
     and lie for money" and stole the guitarist's belongings from his flat
while he
     was away on tour. The claims resurfaced in 1995 when Miss Danneman
     published The Inner World of Jimi Hendrix, to coincide with the
     anniversary of his death. Holding her in contempt on Wednesday, Mr Justice
     French said that no public interest would be served by jailing her or by
     imposing a financial penalty. 

     Police were called to her home at 9.40am yesterday after her mother,
     Rosemarie, raised the alarm. At the cottage, a male relative said: "She 
was
     very upset by the court case this week. She did not leave a note. Nobody
     seems to know what happened." A neighbour said: "I am really shocked by
     the news. I saw her yesterday. She was doing the gardening." 

     A police spokesman said: "It is my understanding that the victim was
     overcome by fumes. We are treating it as a suicide." 
The Eastern Daily Press,
which covers the East Anglian region of the UK

>Police are treating the death as suicide and the coroner has been informed.
>But musician Uli Jon Roth, speaking at the thatched cottage where Miss
>Danneman lived, said last night: "The thing looks suspicious.  She had a
>lot of death threats against her over the years".
>
>Mr Roth said last night of Miss Danneman: "She was just about the most
>pure and innocent person I've ever met, but I feel that the Press and
>media completely crucified her and she wasn't in a position to defend
>herself.  It's absolutely tragic, because she was a totally genuine
>person.  I always felt that she was really being crucified in front of
>everybody, and there was nothing anyone could do about it."
>Mr Roth, formerly with the group The Scorpions, said Miss Danneman " is
>not a person to do something to herself."  He added: "She didn't believe
>in the concept of suicide.  She believed in life after death and she
>considered suicide a sin."

Also in a separate box entitled FACT FILE among other snippets it says:
Quote:
>It was in German-born Monika Danneman's flat that Jimi Hendrix choked on
>vomit and died, aged 27 and already a rock legend.

The article was accompanied by a colour picture of Monika leaving the High
Court last week and a b/w of her in 1970 as she was driven away from Jimi's
inquest and another b/w of Jimi in full swing.
Sunday April 7 1:12 PM EST 

Former Jimi Hendrix Girlfriend Found Dead

LONDON, April 5 (Reuter) - A former girlfriend of late rock guitarist Jimi
Hendrix was found dead on Friday just two days
after she was convicted of contempt of court, police said. 

Monica Danneman, a 50-year-old German artist, was discovered in a
fume-filled car near her home in Seaford in southern
England. Police said they were treating the death as a suicide. 

``I can confirm that the body was found in the garage and my understanding
is that the victim may have been overcome by
fumes,'' a spokesman for local police said. 

Danneman was convicted of contempt of court on Wednesday in a case involving
a 26-year feud with rival Kathy Etchingham
over Hendrix's affections. 

A High Court judge agreed Danneman had broken a legal promise not to repeat
an allegation about Etchingham's truthfulness
given as part of the settlement of a libel action over Danneman's memoirs,
``The Inner Life of Jimi Hendrix.'' 

Etchingham asked the High Court in London to jail Danneman, but the judge
released her. 

Each woman claimed to tend the flame of the legend surrounding the
left-handed guitarist, singer and songwriter, famous for
his virtuoso technique in which he played upside-down or with his teeth. 

The feud began in the 1970s when Etchingham gave a racy interview to a
British newspaper about life with ``the wild man of
rock'' and Dannemann strongly objected to its contents. 

The U.S.-born Hendrix moved to London in 1966 and formed a trio, the Jimi
Hendrix Experience, which had hit singles with
songs like ``Hey Joe'' and ``Purple Haze.'' 

Danneman, then a 23-year-old ice-skating champion, said she was engaged to
Hendrix and was sharing a London apartment
with him when he overdosed on sleeping tablets in September 1970. 

Having promised to ``spread his message,'' she spent the rest of her life as
a near-recluse, painting pictures of the rock star as
a god-like figure that covered walls in her house. 

In an interview with the Daily Mail newspaper last year, she admitted she
had some regrets. ``I never go out and socialise. I'm
just working on my art,'' she said. 

``Jimi gave me a very heavy burden. I had to promise, really promise, that
if he died I'd spread his message. It is a lonely life.
But if I'd not met Jimi my life would have been very ordinary.''