Jimi Hendrix's drummer Mitch Mitchell found dead

Last surviving Jimi Hendrix Experience member dies in Portland

Jimi Hendrix
Mitch Mitchell, the drummer for Jimi Hendrix Experience, was discovered dead today (November 12) in his Portland hotel room.

The 61-year-old was the last surviving member of the groundbreaking band. He had been touring the US west coast with the Experience Hendrix tour, which had made a stop in Portland.

An employee at the Benson Hotel called police after discovering Mitchell's body this morning, reports the Associated Press.

He is believed to have died of natural causes.

In addition to playing with Hendrix, Mitchell also played with other rock legends during his lengthy career, including The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and John Lennon.

After Hendrix's death, Mitchell finished production work on several incomplete Hendrix recordings, including 'Cry of Love' and 'Rainbow Bridge', which were released posthumously.

The British-born drummer was known for his explosive technique and pioneered a style known as "fusion", which combines jazz and rock drumming styles.

Read the full Mitch Mitchell obituary on NME.COM now, and view our photo gallery devoted to Mitch Mitchell and The Jimi Hendrix Experience.

--By our Los Angeles staff.
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