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Acclaimed Jimi Hendrix Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell was reportedly found dead in a Portland, Oregon hotel this morning. Early reports indicate he died due to natural causes. Mitchell and bassist Noel Redding comprised Jimi Hendrix’s rhythm section from 1966 until 1969, with Mitchell joining the guitar great on all three Experience albums — Are You Experienced?,Axis: Bold As Love and Electric Ladyland — as well as legendary performances at the Isle of Wight and Woodstock. Mitchell also played in the Dirty Mac with John Lennon, Eric Clapton and Keith Richards for The Rolling Stones Rock & Roll Circus.

Post-Experience, Mitchell remained mostly under the radar, performing at the occasional studio session or concert before ultimately joining first the Gypsy Sun Experience and, most recently, the Experience Hendrix tour (he performed on the tour in Portland this past Friday). With the death of Hendrix in 1970 and Redding in 2003, Mitchell was the last surviving original Jimi Hendrix Experience member. Sadly, Mitchell is the second drummer associated with Hendrix to die this year: Hendrix’s Band of Gypsys bandmate Buddy Miles also passed away in February.

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******sorry, just saw this news has already been posted. You have to get up pretty early around here! Mods feel free to remove, or move this post.

Local Portland, OR television station KGW reports Jimi Hendrix Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell was found dead yesterday in his room in a downtown Portland hotel. The local Medical Examiner's office said Mitchell likely died of natural causes, though results of an autopsy scheduled yesterday will be made available soon. "We're all devastated to hear of Mitch's passing," said Experience Hendrix CEO Janie Hendrix. "He was a wonderful man, a brilliant musician and a true friend." Mitchell had been playing as part of the traveling Experience Hendrix tour, which ended last Friday in Portland. In 1993, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Mitch Mitchell was 62.

Archive and recent photos of Mitchell as well as archived footage is available at this location.

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