New Hendrix inquest rejected

A call for a new inquest into the death of the rock star, Jimi Hendrix, was rejected yesterday by the Attorney General, Sir Nicholas Lyell.

The US-born singer-guitarist was 27 when he died in 1970 while being taken in an ambulance from a flat in west London. An inquest recorded an open verdict after being told Hendrix died from inhaling vomit after barbiturate intoxication.

A spokesman for Sir Nicholas said an application was made to him last year to authorise a new inquest following allegations of a delay in calling the ambulance. Yesterday's decision followed an inquiry by Scotland Yard.

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