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Monika Dannemann (24 June 1945 – 5 April 1996) was a German figure skater and painter, mainly known as the last girlfriend of guitarist/singer Jimi Hendrix, and later the wife of German guitarist Uli Jon Roth of Scorpions.
Jimi Hendrix and his death
Dannemann was first introduced to Jimi Hendrix on 12 January 1969 in Düsseldorf after being invited to a Jimi Hendrix concert there. She spent that night with him and part of the next day too, when she accompanied him to his next concert in Cologne; after that, she returned to Düsseldorf. He spent the last night of the tour with infamous model and "scenester" Uschi Obermaier, with whom he was filmed kissing and petting outside the Kempinski Hotel the next morning. He wrote to her on 25 March 1969, inviting her to visit him in New York City. Monika claims she next saw Hendrix when she travelled to London on 25 April 1969 in the hope of meeting him again, where she bumped into him at the Speakeasy Club. She says they spent some time together over the next nine days, but she only spent one night with him.
After his September 1970 European tour, during which he began a relationship with the Danish model Kirsten Nefer (it was reported in the Danish press at the time that they were engaged), and after Nefer left London due to work, he again took up with Dannemann on 15 September and spent the next four nights at her flat at the Samarkand Hotel, Notting Hill Gate, where he died.
During this last visit, Dannemann claimed that Hendrix had asked her to marry him and she said she would have done so if he had not died. Dannemann is known for being the last person to have seen Jimi Hendrix alive. On the evening of 17 September Hendrix took at least one amphetamine pill (known as a "black bomber") at a party where he stayed for a short while. Later, at Dannemann's flat, Hendrix took nine of her Vesparax sleeping tablets; the recommended dose was 1/2 to 1 tablet. Dannemann stated that on the morning of September 18, 1970, she found Hendrix in a coma at her basement flat. She called for an ambulance which arrived at 11:27. Hendrix was officially declared to have died at St. Mary Abotts hospital at 12:45. The cause of death was asphyxiation through aspiration of vomit due to a barbiturate overdose.
After Hendrix's death, Dannemann became romantically involved with German rock guitarist Uli Jon Roth of Scorpions, with whom she collaborated on several songs (notably "We'll Burn the Sky") and album cover designs and artwork. Roth also wrote the foreword to Dannemann's 1995 book about her experience living and working with Hendrix, entitled The Inner World of Jimi Hendrix. The front cover featured a photo of Hendrix taken by Dannemann a day before his death.
After his death Dannemann held onto Hendrix's famous black Stratocaster (nicknamed Black Beauty by Hendrix). It was kept in its case until 1993, when it was examined by Len Jones. The guitar was last seen in public at a guitar event on 3 December 1995 in London.
In 1996 Dannemann was found guilty of contempt of court for breaching a British High Court Order not to repeat false allegations she had previously made against Kathy Etchingham. Two days later Dannemann was found dead in a fume-filled Mercedes-Benz near her cottage in Seaford, East Sussex, aged 50. Her death was ruled a suicide.
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