Hendrix's Remains Moved to New Memorial
Feb. 12, 2003
RENTON, Wash. (AP) _ The remains of rock musician Jimi Hendrix have been moved to a new granite and marble memorial that is nearing completion in this Seattle suburb.
The remains of his father, Al Hendrix, who died last April, and Al's wife, Ayako ``June'' Hendrix, also now rest in vaults at the center of the memorial at Greenwood Memorial Park and Cemetery, and the cremated remains of his grandmother, Nora Hendrix, will be placed there as well, said Janie L. Hendrix, the music legend's half-sister.
The memorial should be finished shortly after the first anniversary of the death of Hendrix's father, she said.
``My only regret is that my father isn't still alive to see it,'' Janie Hendrix said.
Renowned for such explosive songs as ``Purple Haze,'' ``Hey Joe'' and ``Foxy Lady,'' Hendrix died Sept. 18, 1970, while being rushed to the hospital for an overdose of sleeping pills in London.
His initial burial site, marked only by a simple flat gravestone reading ``Forever in Our Hearts _ James M. Jimi Hendrix 1942 _ 1970,'' has drawn a steady stream of visitors from around the world.
Janie Hendrix said her half-brother's remains were moved from his old burial site in the same cemetery Nov. 26, the day before he would have turned 60.
The memorial, located on a circular drive in the southwest corner of the cemetery, features a granite dome nearly 30 feet high supported by gray granite columns trimmed in ``rainbow'' marble. The old headstone is now at the new location, visible from the east.
A life-size bronze sculpture of Hendrix is being made in Italy to be installed under the dome.
Janie Hendrix has declined to give the final cost, saying only it is being paid by Experience Hendrix LLC, the family run company that owns the rights to the rock star's music and image.