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Jimi Hendrix's Death Announcement as Reported by ABC News 46 Years Ago

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Guitar legend Jimi Hendrix died in London 46 years ago this month, on September 18, 1970. He was only 27.

Although all these facts have become common knowledge among music fans, there was a moment when it was actual news—the sort of shocking, earth-shattering announcement that makes you always remember where you were when you heard it.

Check out this actual ABC News announcement of the guitarist's death. Note how the reporter treats rock and pop music as if it's something from another planet, a sign of the generation gap that still distanced the media from a growing segment of the people they were reporting to.

Damian Fanelli

Damian is editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine. From 1998 to 2014, he was one third of Mister Neutron, an instrumental rock act that toured the universe and elsewhere and released three albums via Austin-based Deep Eddy Records. These days he performs with several New York City-area bands and can often be spotted with one of his many, many, many B-bender-equipped guitars. In past lives he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor – and he still can’t believe he got to write the liner notes for the latest SRV box set.