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Originally published Wednesday, November 12, 2008 at 12:00 AM

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Hendrix drummer Mitch Mitchell found dead in Portland hotel room

Authorities say Mitch Mitchell, drummer for the legendary Jimi Hendrix Experience of the 1960s, has been found dead in his Portland hotel room.

PORTLAND — Authorities say Mitch Mitchell, drummer for the legendary Jimi Hendrix Experience of the 1960s, has been found dead in his Portland hotel room.

Erin Patrick, a deputy medical examiner in Multnomah County, says Mitchell was found dead a little after 3 a.m. today in his room at the Benson Hotel in downtown Portland.

She says Mitchell apparently died of natural causes at 62. An autopsy is planned.

Mitchell was touring with the Experience Hendrix Tour, which performed Friday at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland. It was the last stop on the West Coast portion of the tour.

Mitchell performed with other tour members last Thursday at Seattle's Paramount Theater. Seattle Times music critic Patrick MacDonald described Mitchell as looking frail but in good spirits.

Hendrix died in 1970, and Noel Redding, bassist for the trio, died in 2003.

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