RENTON, Wash. (AP) The remains of rock guitar legend Jimi Hendrix have been moved to a new granite and marble memorial that is nearing completion in this Seattle suburb.
The remains of his father, Al Hendrix, who died in April, and Al’s wife, Ayako “June” Hendrix, also now rest in vaults at the center of the memorial at Greenwood Memorial Park and Cemetery, and the cremated remains of his grandmother Nora Hendrix will be placed there as well, said Janie L. Hendrix, the guitarist’s half-sister.
The memorial should be finished shortly after the first anniversary of the death of Hendrix’s father, she said.
“My only regret is that my father isn’t still alive to see it,” Janie Hendrix said.
Renowned for such hard rock songs as “Purple Haze,” “Hey Joe” and “Foxy Lady,” Jimi Hendrix died Sept. 18, 1970, while being rushed to the hospital for an overdose of sleeping pills in London.
His initial burial site, marked by a simple flat gravestone reading “Forever in Our Hearts James M. Jimi Hendrix 1942 1970,” has drawn a steady stream of visitors from around the world.
Janie Hendrix said her half-brother’s remains were moved from his old burial site in the same cemetery Nov. 26, the day before he would have turned 60.
The memorial, located on a circular drive in the southwest corner of the cemetery, features a granite dome nearly 30 feet high supported by gray granite columns trimmed in “rainbow” marble.